HC Deb 16 July 1931 vol 255 cc753-4
32. Mrs. MANNING

asked the President of the Board of Education how many local authorities were refused permission to build special schools for mentally-defective children in each of the years 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, and 1931?


In the years in question the numbers of local authorities who approached the Board regarding the provision of special schools for men- tally defective children and were advised not to proceed, were as follow:

In 1926 1
In 1927 8
In 1928 2
In 1929 1
Since the end of January, 1929, the Board have approved any proposals submitted.


Were these refusals made out of a sense of sympathy with the local education authorities; I think that that was the answer which the hon. Gentleman gave me last week?


The refusals to which I am referring were made under a previous Administration, and I understand that the reason was that the report on mental deficiency was being prepared.