HC Deb 07 June 1880 vol 252 c1337

asked the Vice President of the Council, To what extent advantage has been taken of the forty-first section of the Education Act of 1876 for the dissolution of School Boards in England; and, whether Her Majesty's Government have it in contemplation to repeal that section, and, instead, to make School Boards compulsory all over England as they are in Scotland?


Sir, there have been four school boards dissolved under the 41st section of the Education Act, 1876—namely, Great Addington, Northampton shire; Waldron, Essex; Franklin, Warwickshire; and the borough of Stockport. In reply to the second Question, we are considering what measures it may be necessary to submit to Parliament in order to secure the better school attendance of the whole population; but I am not at present in a position to state what the character of those measures will be. Whether we shall be able or not to introduce them during the present Session must depend upon the progress of Public Business.