HC Deb 08 December 1927 vol 211 cc1550-1
23. Mr. HARRIS

asked the President of the Board of Education whether it is the intention of the Board of Education to hand over the special schools to the board of control; and whether, having regard to the anxiety caused in the minds of teachers and of the difficulties of local education authorities, if such is the intention of the Board, he can make a statement on the subject?


If, as I assume, the hon. Member is referring to special schools for mentally defective children, there is no present intention of transferring such schools to the Board of Control, but I should prefer to await the Report of the special Committee which is considering the problem of the mentally defective child before making any definite statement on the subject.


How many months will it be before the special Committee issues a Report? It has been sitting a very long time.


I know it has been sitting a long time. I hope it will sit as long as necessary to deal with this very difficult subject, but I think it probable that I shall receive, at any rate, an interim Report before long.