HC Deb 08 December 1949 vol 470 cc2054-5
4. Mr. Harold Davies

asked the Minister of Education if agreement has now been reached about the future use of Horton Lodge, Rudyard, Leek, as a special school for delicate children.

Mr. Tomlinson

In the absence of agreement between the parties concerned, a statutory local inquiry has been held.

I have accepted the recommendation of the report of the inquiry and have approved the proposal of the Stoke-on-Trent local education authority in preference to that of the county authority.

Mr. Davies

Does this mean that the inquiry that my right hon. Friend set up has come to the conclusion that the needs of the City of Stoke-on-Trent are greater than those of the county in this matter?

Mr. Tomlinson

Yes, Sir, I think that that inference can be drawn.