HC Deb 06 January 1913 vol 46 cc843-4W

asked the President of the Local Government Board the number of children affected by the recent outbreak of ophthalmia at the Park School, Hanwell, which is under the control of the West London school district; the number of children resident in the school, and their average age; to what the outbreak of ophthalmia is attributed; and do the children occupy buildings which were formerly used as an ophthalmic school for the Poor Law children of the Metropolis?


The number of children isolated or treated during the outbreak was 159; the number of children resident in the Park School on the 31st December last was 337; and their average age about five and a half years. The outbreak is attributed to the admission of children, the condition of whose eyes, though there was no active disease, was unhealthy, and such children are not in future to be admitted. The buildings were used as an ophthalmic school up to March, 1903, and were not made use of for other purposes until the experts consulted advised that this could safely be done.