HC Deb 22 March 1878 vol 238 c1839

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether, having regard to the unequal burden inflicted upon the owners or occupiers of land by applying the poor rate system of rating for the educational and other requirements of School Boards, he will be willing to take steps, in conjunction with the President of the Local Government Board, for assimilating the same mode of rating land, in the proportion of one-fourth, as has always been adopted by that Board for sanitary purposes?


Sir, I need hardly assure my hon. Friend that any suggestion coming from him will always receive our best consideration; but I cannot conceal from him that the considerable alteration which he proposes to make in the manner of raising the rate for education purposes is a very grave matter, and would require fresh legislation. I was only informed of this Question this morning, but I do not think Her Majesty's Government is likely at present to propose any fresh legislation respecting elementary education in England.