HC Deb 01 October 1931 vol 257 c526

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, seeing that the carrying out of the reorganisation of village schools under the Hadow Report into senior and junior schools situated in different villages is likely to cause the disintegration and break up of village life, and that the provision of such schools and alteration of existing schools will result in heavy cost, he will have the carrying out of the Hadow Report suspended, at any rate so far as village schools are concerned?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Sir Donald Maclean)

I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of Circular 1413, which shows, in paragraphs 11 and 12, that the Board will not for the present be prepared to approve new developments involving additional expenditure except in cases of essential need. But I dissent from the view expressed by my hon. Friend that the reorganisation of schools on the lines of the Hadow Report need lead to the break up of village life, or need always involve heavy increased expenditure.