HC Deb 02 June 1927 vol 207 cc551-2W

asked the President of the Board of Education what is the number of volumes in the library of the Board of Education; where is the library housed; is the library available for use closure of whole rural schools; have the Board any policy with regard to the closure of infants' departments and schools; and is there any number of children on the roll or in average attendance which is regarded by the Board as a standard number justifying the keeping open of small infants' departments and schools?


The particulars asked for in the first part of the question are as follow:

by members and officials of local education authorities and by teachers; is there a catalogue; and, if so, is it available for Members of Parliament?


The Board's library contains upwards of 58,000 books and is housed in the offices of the Board of Education in King Charles Street, Whitehall. It is a reference library and is open to the general public. There is no printed catalogue, but an author-catalogue on cards is available for the use of visitors. For further details I would refer the hon. Member to Chapter XII of the Board's Annual Report for 1925–26.