§ 81. Mr. LANSBURY
asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that the elementary day school belonging to the London County Council at High Street, Bromley-by-Bow, was condemned as unfit for use as a school some years before the War; that this school is one of the oldest in the County of London and is constantly flooded during heavy rainfalls; that the London County Council has acquired another site on which to build a new school, the houses on which are in a very dilapidated condition, some of them having fallen into ruins; and will he, in order that a proper school might be provided for the children of this neighbourhood, bring pressure to bear upon the London County Council immediately to take the necessary steps for providing a new school, especially in view of the fact that the present building is not only inadequate and insanitary, but that there is in the district a very large number of unemployed in receipt of unemployment pay and out-door relief who could be much better employed in erecting the new school?
§ Lord E. PERCY
The premises of this school have never been formally condemned by the Board. In view, however, of their old-fashioned character and their inconvenient situation, the London County Council decided in 1912 to provide another school upon a new site. Owing to the War the building of the new school has not been proceeded with, but my right hon. Friend understands that a site for it is now in process of being purchased. He has no information bearing out the statement as to the flooding and the insanitary nature of the present premises. My right hon. Friend is, however, making further inquiry.
§ Mr. LANSBURY
May I ask the Noble Lord if he will inform his right hon. Friend that there is no suggestion in the question that the Board have condemned the school? The London County Council condemned the school when I was a member of that body.