HC Deb 22 August 1940 vol 364 cc1462-3
71. Mr. James Hall

asked the President of the Board of Education whether there is any possibility of the early reopening of the schools in Shadwell and Wapping where educational facilities have been lacking since the outbreak of hostilities, resulting in a large number of children being kept away from school all that time, and with no apparent opportunity to resume school-life?

The President of the Board of Education (Mr. Ramsbotham)

Yes, Sir. The London County Council have under consideration proposals for the provision of additional shelter accommodation in a number of districts, including Shadwell and Wapping, which will enable educational facilities to be resumed there.

Mr. Hall

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I have been in communication with the London County Council for some months in this matter, and cannot get them to move? Is he prepared to use his influence to get the London County Council to allow schools to be opened?

Mr. Ramsbotham

The London County Council and the Board are extremely anxious that these schools and others should be opened, and they will be as soon as it is possible to provide the necessary protection. I am sure the London County Council will lose no time in doing so.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is the Minister finding that shelters are not being provided because of the inadequate grant made by the Government towards the cost?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I do not think that is the case. Rather it is due to difficulties in getting materials.

Mr. Noel-Baker

If I submit cases, will the right hon. Gentleman consider them?