HC Deb 23 March 1885 vol 296 cc221-2

asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council, If Mr. A. 0. Bishop, master of the parish school at Brailes, South Warwickshire, has recently received three months' notice from the school trustees; and, if so, what reasons are assigned for such dismissal; whether Mr. Bishop has held his present mastership nearly nine years, and lately received an advance in salary, and how the work of the school is reported on by Her Majesty's Inspector; if, since the notice was given, the vicar of the parish has signed the usual departmental paper, to the effect that the school managers are satisfied with him; and, whether Mr. Bishop has recently taken part in the formation of a Liberal Club in the village of Brailes?


My answer to the different paragraphs of the Question of the hon. Member are in every case in the affirmative; but I have to add that this is an endowed school, and under the scheme the master is precluded from accepting any other office, and is removable "without the assignment of cause." The Trustees object that he has accepted other offices in violation of the scheme, and they also object to his taking a prominent part in politics. I need hardly say that I have no power to interfere.