HC Deb 21 May 1931 vol 252 cc2181-2
20. Mr. HANNON

asked the President of the Board of Education if his Department possess separate statistics of the number of street accidents which have occurred to school children in consequence of the proximity of schools to busy streets and roadways; and if any means are being considered for the greater safety of children in leaving such schools?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. Where schools are close to busy streets the local authorities generally endeavour to reduce the risk to children to a minimum, by the provision of warning signals, by the erection of such contrivances as crush barriers, and by arranging where practicable for police to be stationed at appropriate points.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider making suggestions with regard to the construction of new schools, that all possible precautions should be taken to prevent children rushing out into congested streets?


In regard to every new school the plans are so arranged that there shall be certain entrances to the school from the more quiet streets.