§ 49. Mr. LUNN
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware of the inadequate school accommodation at Halton, in the city of Leeds; that the present school is old and unsuitable for the children; that all children over 11 years of age have to go long distances in tramcars or omnibuses to school; that in a Bill promoted by the Leeds Corporation in 1928 a Clause was inserted that a school may be provided within five years at Halton and that, to-day, agitation exists and petitions are 638 being signed by the parents for a new school; and what action the board will take to ensure adequate and healthy accommodation for the education of the children in this area?
I am aware that the premises of the Halton council school are old, but I have no reason to think that they are inadequate for the numbers attending, unsuitable or unhealthy. I am informed that the local education authority will be prepared to provide new accommodation when circumstances justify it, but that they do not regard it as needed at the present time.