School, Whiddon Down (Closure)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30 April 1959.

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Photo of Mr Mark Bonham Carter Mr Mark Bonham Carter , Torrington 12:00, 30 April 1959

asked the Minister of Education what reply he has sent to the resolution signed by sixty-three parents and members of the community at Whiddon Down objecting to the proposal of the Devon County Council to close Whiddon Down school.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

I have acknowledged this objection to the education authority's proposal, and as soon as I have considered the arguments on both sides and reached a decision, I will inform the objectors and the authority.

Photo of Mr Mark Bonham Carter Mr Mark Bonham Carter , Torrington

Will the Minister bear in mind that a considerable sum of money has been spent on the school recently in re-equipping it, that in view of this it would seem a pity to close it down, and that it is a two-teacher school with thirty-five pupils and, therefore, there is much to be said for keeping it open?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

I will bear that in mind.