HC Deb 01 December 1949 vol 470 c1300
17. Mrs. Leah Manning

asked the Minister of Education if he will call for an immediate report from His Majesty's inspectors in the area of the condition of sanitation at the Nazeing School, Essex; and of the methods used for the disposal of the contents of the bucket lavatories.

Mr. Tomlinson

As my hon. Friend knows, the Essex Local Education Authority were proposing to erect a new sanitary block at this school at a cost of £4,130, and I provided them with the necessary timber licenses and steel authorisations last February. The work has not, however, been proceeded with because the school managers and the forest divisional executive have come to the conclusion that it would be better to provide the school with new premises on a new site. Whether or not effect is given to this recommendation, which has yet to be considered by the Essex Local Education Authority, it is bound to be some time before new premises could be erected. I am, therefore, calling for an urgent report from the county medical officer on the condition of the existing offices, and I shall insist on immediate effect being given to any remedial measures which may be found to be necessary.

Mrs. Manning

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this will give great satisfaction to the mothers of this area, and to the people generally, since, as he probably knows, the effluent from this school has now been thrown into an open ditch?