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School Caretakers

Volume 65: debated on Thursday 30 July 1914

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asked the President of the Board of Education if he will state on. what grounds the cost of building houses for caretakers of schools is fixed by the Local Government Board at such a high figure as £350 to £400; whether suitable cottages can be built for considerably less; and whether this estimate will be revised with a view to economy of public funds?

The Local Government Board do not fix the cost of building caretakers' houses at schools. They have only to decide whether they will sanction loans in respect of plans which have received the approval of the Board of Education, and, in this connection the Local Government Board have made it known that they will not sanction loans in excess of the sums referred to in the question. In these circumstances the second and third parts of the question do not arise.