§ Mr. ALDEN
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of boys and girls, respectively, under eight years of age who are at present in ordinary industrial schools in London and the provinces; the number of boys and girls under eight who are boarded out or in special schools, and how far the boys under eight who have been sent to schools for little boys have been boarded out on reaching the age of eight; and whether they are in any case being sent to ordinary industrial schools?
§ Mr. McKENNA
The number of boys under eight years of age in ordinary industrial schools in London and the provinces on the 30th of June was 164; the number of girls was 238. The number of boys under eight boarded out was 53 and the number of girls 53. The number of boys in special schools for little boys was 80; there are no special schools for little girls. Boys sent to special schools for little boys while under eight are sometimes boarded out on reaching that age. On the 30th of June there were 33 children living with foster parents who had been boarded out at the age of eight. Boys at such schools who have not been boarded out are usually transferred to ordinary schools on reaching the age of ten.