§ Captain A. Graham
asked the President of the Board of Education, on what grounds it is intended to close down the XIVth century grammar school of Saint Lawrence, at Ashburton, Devonshire; and whether it is contrary to his intention in the Education Bill now before the House to level down to a standardised pattern the varied and ancient schools of the country.
§ Mr. Butler
Ashburton Grammar School was closed after a public inquiry in 1938, the number of pupils being too small to make it an efficient and economical school unit. It does not appear to me that the closure of this school can reasonably be interpreted in the sense suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend and the second part of his Question does not therefore arise.