§ MR. CUNINGHAME GRAHAM (Lanark, N.W.)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether his attention has been called to a statement in the Star newspaper, that Miss Caroline Cox, a nailmaker of Halesowen, now 15 years of age, is unable to say her alphabet; that she left school at 12 without passing any examination; and, that she is still without the opportunity of acquiring the most rudimentary education; whether he will cause an inquiry to be made into this statement; and whether there is an ample provision of night schools in the Dudley district?
§ * SIR W. HART DYKE
I know nothing of the case to which the hon. Member refers. If he can procure some more definite information as to the residence and antecedents of this young lady, I will endeavour to obtain some information from the local authorities. Meanwhile I find the place mentioned in the question is not in the Dudley district.
§ MR. CUNINGHAME GRAHAM
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the village of Halesowen, where this young lady came from, is only a mile and a half outside the Dudley district?
§ MR. BROOKE ROBINSON (Dudley)
As I know something of Dudley, I am able to say that Halesowen is in no way under the control of the local authorities of Dudley.