HC Deb 30 April 1928 vol 216 c1341W

asked the President of the Board of Education what is the number of children of school age in England and Wales not in attendance at school on account of tuberculosis or threatened tubercular trouble; what education authorities have no provision of open-air classes for such children or of transference to sanatoria which provide schooling; and which of the education authorities which have not themselves made provision for open-air classes or transfer to sanatorium schools have entered into arrangements with other authorities for the treatment, care, and schooling of such children?


According to returns furnished by local education authorities, there were, on the 31st December last, 8,213 children of school age suffering from various types of tuberculosis who were not attending school. Generally speaking, responsibility for the treatment and education of tuberculous children does not rest with local education authorities. Fifty education authorities have, however, provided open-air schools for delicate or pre-tuberculous children and a few sanatorium schools for tuberculous children. The returns received from authorities do not enable me to answer the last part of the question.