§ 29. Mrs. MANNING
asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been drawn to the action of Basingstoke Town Council in taking a playing field which has been set aside for children for 40 years for the erection of a car park; whether he is aware that the ground is opposite the main entrance of a large mixed school, and that 350 elementary school boys use the ground for drill and organised games; and whether, in view of the danger which will be occasioned by the traffic, he is prepared to take some action in the matter?
§ Mr. LEES-SMITH
I have not received any representations in regard to the proposal of the Basingstoke Town Council to use a piece of land facing the Fair-fields School for a car park, but I have 1445 seen an account of it in the Press. I understand that the piece of land in question could only be appropriated for use as a car park with the consent of the Minister of Health, but that no application for his consent has been received.