HC Deb 04 May 1882 vol 269 c101

asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, Whether his attention has been called to the decision of the High Court of Justice in the recent case of Saunders v. Crawford, reported in the "School Board Chronicle" of the 29th of April; whether the effect of this decision is practically to repeal sub-section one of section eleven of "The Elementary Education Act, 1876," and to prevent school boards and school attendance committees under that section, compelling the attendance at school of children whose education is habitually neglected; whether school boards and attendance committees have the power to compel attendance at school of children up to fourteen years of age; and, whether he proposes to introduce any Bill into the House dealing with the question?


Sir, my attention has been called to the decision in this case, which is contrary to the intention of Parliament and the view hitherto entertained by the Education Department. But, as the case is now under appeal, we wait the result before considering the necessity for further legislation?