HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 cc69-70W
26. Mr. Edward Evans

asked the Minister of Education how many new deaf schools are to be provided in the immediate future; how many school places there are in these and other extensions of existing premises; and what are the locations of new schools for the deaf.

Mr. Tomlinson

In addition to some 120 new places already taken into use in 1950, more than 200 are now in course of provision. Work on providing a further 180 new places for the deaf and 300 for the partially deaf is expected to begin before the end of 1951. This work is mainly in the form of extensions to existing schools but includes three new schools for the deaf in mid-Wales, Surrey and Hampshire respectively, as well as one for the partially deaf in Staffordshire and another in Hertfordshire.

27. Mr. Edward Evans

asked the Minister of Education in view of the shortage of accommodation in schools for deaf children, the long waiting lists for admission and the serious consequences of the deprivations of suitable education for deaf children, he will give an assurance that all possible steps are being taken to provide adequate accommodation.

Mr. Tomlinson