§ Captain CAZALET
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that, after a specific promise had been made to the managers of the Chuch school, Mells, that, if they would raise £1,400 locally and reorganise their school, the older children should remain in the village school and that other neighbouring villages would be required to send their quota of 11 + children to Mells, the local authorities, in spite of the fact that the money was raised and the improvement carried out, have now decided that the 11 + children should be sent to Frome, causing inconvenience and expense to all concerned; and whether he will stake steps to persuade the local education authority to reconsider their decision in this matter?
§ Sir C. TREVELYAN
I am not aware that any promise of the kind suggested was made. The primary purpose of the improvements and alterations carried out by the managers of the Mells school was to enable them to provide accommodation to replace the boys' department, the use of which was given up on account of the unsatisfactory condition of the premises. The authority's proposal that the senior children from this school820W should attend the Church of England school at Frome appears to be conceived in the interests of the children's education, and I see no reason to make any representations on the matter.