HC Deb 08 August 1919 vol 119 c742W

asked the President of the Board of Education if he will consider the possibility of reopening the Alms School, Cornsay, in the county of Durham, which has been closed for about twenty years, seeing that many children have to walk two and three miles to school every morning; if he is aware that there was an annual endowment of over £300 for the assistance of poor scholars in Cornsay; and what has become of the said money?


The premises in which this school was formerly conducted are quite unsuitable for the purposes of a school, and the school was closed on this account in 1899. If a school near the almshouses is considered necessary, it is open to the local education authority or other persons to make proposals for providing it; the Board cannot themselves do so. The total income of the Charity of William Russell is about £300 a year, of which only some £52 a year is applicable to educational purposes. The income of the educational foundation is now accumulating pending the establishment of a scheme. No application for such a scheme has yet been received.