HC Deb 22 February 1926 vol 192 cc80-1W
Colonel DAY

asked the President of the Board of Education the number of classes in the elementary schools in the Borough of Southwark where the children in the classes are more than 40; and whether any action is being taken by the educational authority for the County of London to reduce the classes in the primary schools to 40 pupils or less?


On the 31st March, 1925, the number of classes in public elementary schools in the Borough of Southwark in which the number of children on the registers exceeded 40 was 545. As regards the second part of the question, the hon. Member may be aware that, in 1924, the London County Council resumed their scheme for the reduction of the accommodation of classrooms in their elementary schools to 40 in the case of senior, and 48 in the case of infant departments; and I understand that between 1st April, 1924, and 31st December, 1925, concurrently with the provision of additional accommodation, the accommodation of 3,130 classrooms in existing schools has been written down under this scheme to 40 or 48, as the case may be.