HC Deb 08 June 1939 vol 348 c625W
Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education what steps have been taken by his Department to deal with the problems of unsuitable school buildings and the unsatisfactory arrangements for meals in schools, disclosed in the Report of Inquiry into Anti-Tuberculosis Services in Wales?

Mr. Lindsay

As I have already stated in the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Neath (Sir W. Jenkins) on nth May, the Board have asked local education authorities in Wales to supply them with their comments on the matters dealt with in Chapter VIII of this report. Authorities which have not yet replied have been pressed to do so at an early date.

The Board are continuing their endeavours to secure the improvement, replacement or closure of the schools which are still on the Black List, and my Noble Friend has made it clear that he is prepared to take the strongest possible action if this is found to be necessary in any particular case.

As regards the provision of midday meals in schools, the Board encourage authorities and managers to make such provision wherever practicable, and it is customary in senior schools for a room for dining, and a kitchen, to be provided.