HC Deb 26 March 1877 vol 233 cc491-2

asked the Vice President of the Council, If he is aware that in the Code of Regulations of the Education Department for 1876, a provision similar to that contained in the Code of 1875, by which the annual grants were regulated by the Code of 1874 until the 31st of August following, the date of such Code was omitted, and that the effect of such omission was to subject schools to examination under regulations for which they wore necessarily unprepared; and, whether he will restore such provision to any new Code which may be issued?


Sir, the changes in the Code of 1875 were of so large a character that it was thought necessary to give considerable notice of them before they came into effect. Those in the year 1876 were almost all relaxations in favour of the schools, and, therefore, it was considered that there was no reason for postponing their operation, except in one case, where notice was accordingly given. I agree with my hon. Friend that where more stringent conditions are inserted in the Code, due notice should always be afforded; and we will take care, with regard to this Code, as well as to future ones, that in such cases sufficient notice is given.