HC Deb 01 May 1952 vol 499 cc115-6W
111. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Education approximately how many school camps have been closed down, restricted or not re-opened this year owing to economies; and how many schoolchildren have been affected.

Miss Horsbrugh

I understand that three National Camps are likely to remain closed and that a fourth is likely to be given up this year. I have no direct knowledge of the reasons why local education authorities are not making use of these camps, but in Circular 242 I specifically excepted expenditure on the use of National Camps from the general field of expenditure under Section 53 of the Act where I considered that local education authorities could probably make economies. Each camp can accommodate over 200 children.