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Garforth Parochial School

Volume 181: debated on Wednesday 21 August 1907

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I beg to ask the President of the Board of Education on what grounds the Board arrived at its decision on 3rd June, 1907, that it saw no adequate reason for requiring the reorganisation of the Garforth parochial school; and on what grounds the Board arrived at an opposite conclusion on the same matter on 12th July, 1907.

In the earlier decision of 3rd June consideration was not given to the fact that the size of the premises necessitated that a certain number of children must in any case be excluded. On my attention being drawn to this aspect of the case I had no hesitation in giving the decision of 12th July.

May I ask if the accommodation in this school was taken into consideration?

Two questions were running concurrently; that of reorganisation and that of the number of children that had to be excluded.

But had the right hon. Gentleman not considered the question of accommodation when he gave his decision of 3rd June? That is what I understand.

But the right hon. Gentleman said so himself. Is he aware that the standards to be transferred to the council school cannot be accommodated there? Did not the right hon. Gentleman on 12th July make an order transferring standards three to six from the parochial to the council school? Is he aware there is no accommodation for them in that school?

The hon. Member has not stated correctly the decision of 12th July. I gave no decision that standards three to six should be transferred.

Why, I have here the right hon. Gentleman's own correspondence. I will quote it.