HC Deb 01 May 1879 vol 245 c1496

asked the President of the Local Government Board, If his attention has been called to the case of a child in the Skipton Union Workhouse called Rose, but whose name ought to be Eastwood, for whom an order of removal to the Catholic School, Richmond Hill, Leeds, was made, bringing considerable additional charge on the union, though her mother was, at the time of this child's birth, a Protestant?


Sir my attention has been drawn to this case, and the order of removal was made by my direction. The mother, at the time of the child's birth, was a Protestant; but she afterwards married a Roman Catholic, and became a Roman Catholic herself. The husband subsequently died, and the mother, with the child in question and another, became inmates of the workhouse, all three being entered in the creed register as Roman Catholics. At one period, all the children in the workhouse, including this child, were sent to the Roman Catholic school in the town; but they were afterwards sent to a Wesleyan school. The mother made application to the Board, in accordance with the provisions of the Statute, to send the child to a certified school of her own denomination, and the order was accordingly made. I may add that the neglect of the Guardians, during three months, to reply to certain inquiries, left me no alternative but to issue the order, even assuming that explanations subsequently given would have justified a different course.