§ MR. CLOUGH (Yorkshire, W.R., Skipton)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Education whether between the appointed day, 1st April, 1904, and the 31st March, 1907, the West Riding local education authority gave notice, under Section 8 (1) of the Education Act, 1902, of their intention to build 1253 seventy-six new council schools to provide accommodation for 22,520 children; and, if so, in how many cases, during 1904, 1905, and 1906, the Board of Education decided that the proposals were unreasonable, and that new schools were unnecessary.
§ MR. RUNCIMAN
According to the Board's records, the West Riding County Council, between the dates named, issued eighty-six notices under Section 8 (1) of the Act of 1902, ten of which were subsequently for various reasons withdrawn or hold in abeyance. The remaining seventy-six related to the provision of accommodation for 22,546 children. No decisions to the effect that the proposals were unreasonable or that the schools were unnecessary were given during the years specified.