HC Deb 14 July 1884 vol 290 cc899-900

asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council, Whether official documents can be withheld from a member of a School Board in Scotland; and, if not, whether a chairman is liable to removal who arbitrarily keeps back public documents; and, what is the practice of the Department in regard to supplying Copies of Letters or Papers addressed to the Department when such are asked for by a member of the School Board?


All official documents addressed to the clerk of a School Board are for the use of the School Board, and every member is entitled to have access to them. I am not aware that there is any power to remove a Chairman; but this is a question of law. It is not the practice of the Department to supply copies of letters or papers, addressed to the Department, to individual members of a School Board. Copies of any such letters would, if thought expedient, be sent to the School Board for their remarks or information.