HC Deb 06 December 1928 vol 223 cc1424-5W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of the fact that, according to the Hampshire County Council Education Report, 1927, there were 148 children notified during 1926–27 by the local education authority to the local authority under the Mental Deficiency Act, 1913, for which no provision has been made for special care and instruction in special schools or other institutions, he will consider making a grant to the local authority to enable these children to be suitably attended to?

Duchess of ATHOLL

Grants are payable to local education authorities in respect of the maintenance and provision of special schools for mentally defective children, but the difficulty of making special provision for such children in rural areas is not primarily a financial one, and the various administrative and medical aspects of the problem are under investigation by the Mental Deficiency Committee at the present time.


asked the President of the Board of Education the number of schools for defective children in Hampshire and the places where they are situated?


In the area of the county council or under their jurisdiction, there are two residential open-air schools, two residential hospital schools, and one residential school for mentally defective children. The residential open-air schools are both situated at Hayling Island and the residential hospital schools at Alton and Hayling Island, respectively. The residential mentally defective school is at Winchester. In the autonomous areas of the county there are one day school for mentally defective children, one day open-air school and one residential school for cripples. The schools are situated, respectively, at Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth.