HC Deb 09 May 1944 vol 399 c1755
Mr. Ede

I beg to move, in page 79, line 22, at the end, to insert: (7) Where at any time before the date of the commencement of Part II of this Act the premises of any school which was for the time being a public elementary school within the meaning of the enactments repealed by this Act have ceased by reason of war damage, or by reason of any action taken in contemplation or in consequence of war, to be used or the purposes of a school, then for the purposes of this Act the school, unless it has been closed in accordance with those enactments, shall be deemed to have been a public elementary school within the meaning of those enactments immediately before that date and, if it was maintained by a former authority immediately before the premises ceased to be used for the purposes of a school, to have been maintained by such an authority immediately before that date. Owing to war conditions a number of schools have been evacuated. There are no children attending inside the buildings at the present time. There are other schools, which have been bombed and rendered unusable. Those schools, without either children or teachers, continue to exist and one hopes that after the war evacuated schools will return and that other schools will be rebuilt. Meanwhile, it is essential we should make it clear that those schools have not ceased to exist, merely owing to those conditions. This Sub-section enables that to be done.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.