HC Deb 21 March 1871 vol 205 c335

, in the absence of the hon. Member for Stoke-upon-Trent (Mr. Melly), asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, What decision has been arrived at in regard to supplying the School Boards who may desire to have the information, with the gross totals of the children between specified ages in their districts; how soon after the Census is taken will the information be given; and, whether he will cause the School Boards throughout the Country to be furnished with forms of application to the Registrar General?


replied that the Registrar General hoped to be able to present to school boards the gross totals referred to in the Question before the end of July, provided they were asked for before the 21st of April. But that was in the expectation that not many school boards would avail themselves of the privilege, because there would be a charge of 10s. per 1,000 children for the information, and even when the information was obtained it would give only gross totals, and therefore would not be immediately available for the purposes of school boards; it was to be hoped, therefore, that the greater number of them would follow the example of the London School Board, and collect the Returns they wanted for themselves.