HC Deb 24 February 1927 vol 202 cc1905-6
44. Mr. COVE

asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been drawn to the Report of Dr. Henry Whitehead concerning the Wigan schools, in which he states that the majority of the schools were built prior to 1880, that their heating, lighting, and ventilation are generally bad, that some of the sanitary conveniences constitute definite nuisances, that there are no open-air schools in the town, no school baths, nor any provision for blind, deaf, or physically and mentally defective children; whether the officers of the Board of Education have inquired into this condition of affairs; and what action if any, the Board of Education proposes to take?


I am aware of the report in question. Prior to its publication 14 schools in the area of this authority had been placed upon the "black list," and I have already received substantial proposals for dealing with 11 of them.