HC Deb 07 March 1927 vol 203 cc848-9
93. Mr. HARRIS

asked the President of the Board of Education what are the exceptional circumstances referred to in paragraph 6 of Circular 1388 that would justify expenditure on new special schools or the enlargement of existing ones; whether he has in mind the absence of facilities for the training of blind, crippled, or mentally defective children; and whether he can define more closely what circumstances he would consider so exceptional as to justify such expenditure?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)

If the hon. Member will look at paragraph 6 of the Circular he will see that the reference to exceptional circumstances relates only to special schools for mentally defective children. I do not want to pre- judge applications which I may receive from local authorities by any attempt to limit in advance the interpretation of the word "exceptional."