asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware of the great inconvenience and detriment to the education of the children caused by the closing of the school at Atlow, near Ashborne; and that the school is a modern building which the villagers did much by voluntary effort to erect; and whether he can reopen the school in the interests of the children of the district?
The Board gave careful consideration to all the circumstances of this ease before determining, upon the application of the local education authority, that the school was unnecessary within the meaning of Section 19 (1) of the Education Act, 1921. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that the attendance of the 10 children in question at neighbouring schools will not involve great inconvenience or detriment to their education, and he regrets he is unable to reopen the matter.
Does the Noble Lord know how far these children have to go to neighbouring schools, and is he aware that it is upon a requisition from the parents of these children that I am bringing this matter up to-day?