HC Deb 26 June 1873 vol 216 c1412

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether, under the provisions of "The Education (Scotland) Act, 1872," a parent would be rendered a pauper by having his child or children provided with Elementary Education under the sixty-ninth section of that Act; and, if there is any dubiety as to this, whether he will take such measures as to make it clear for the guidance of parochial boards?


My attention has been called to the paragraph in the Minute of the Board of Education in Scotland which I presume has suggested the Question. When the Scotch Education Bill was under consideration in this House it was stated more than once that the payment of school fees under the clause referred to would not have the effect of rendering the parents of the child paupers. I expressed that opinion unhesitatingly, and I have expressed it to the Board of Education.