HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 c1419W
Mr. Windsor

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education to state the total number of schools that have been closed in Hull since the outbreak of war; what efforts are being made to build air-raid shelters in schools; and what arrangements are being made for some schools to be opened and the education of children, remaining in Hull, being proceeded with?

Mr. Lindsay

The total number of schools closed in Hull since the outbreak of war is 86, consisting of 71 elementary, five special and six secondary schools, and four technical institutions. This is the total public educational provision in the city. The Board have approved the immediate erection of shelters for schools in the neutral area of Hull at a cost of £32,800. The protective measures necessary before schools in the evacuable area of the city can be reopened are under review by the authority. Four schools in the neutral area, accommodating on the double-shift system 16 departments, reopened last Monday, and the remaining schools will be brought into use as soon as the necessary protective measures are complete. It is hoped that most of the schools in the neutral area will be open by the beginning of December. This will enable provision to be made for about 20,000 children.