§ MR. STANLEY LEIGHTON (Shropshire, Oswestry)
asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, Whether he will consider the propriety of permitting that when the 50th anniversary of the Accession to the Crown of Her Gracious Majesty shall be celebrated in any elementary schools by a whole holiday, the scholars shall, in the interest of the teachers and of themselves, have credit for two attendances, in the same way as two attend- 56 ances are credited to scholars when an elementary school is used for election purposes?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT (Sir WILLIAM HART DYKE) (Kent, Dartford)
The two attendances to which my hon. Friend refers are credited to scholars by a special provision of the Code to meet the case of a compulsory closing of a school under the Ballot Act; but, glad as I should be to meet the wishes of those who desire to celebrate the Jubilee in the way suggested, I am advised that the Department have no power in the matter, and that the holiday must be given under the usual conditions.