§ MR. MUNDELLA (Sheffield, Brightside)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether the final notice ordering the election of a School Board for York, in the event of accommodation for at least a thousand children not being provided, was issued on the 22nd May, 1888; whether the School Board was, in consequence, elected in February, 1889; whether he is aware that a letter containing the following words was written by the Education Department to the York School Board on the 26th April, 1889—I am directed to state that it will now be the duty of your Board to provide schools for the purpose of supplying the deficiency of accommodation set forth in the final notice. I am to request that this matter may be taken into consideration by your Board without delay, and that their proposals with regard to the provision of schools may be submitted for their Lordships' approval.Plans of any new buildings should be arranged in accordance with the enclosed building rules.Whether such a direction and statement of duty constitutes a requisition under Section 10 of the Education Act of 1870: and whether any other requisition has been sent to the York School Board from the date of its election to the present day?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL (Sir W. HART DYKE, Kent, Dartford)
The right hon. Gentleman has correctly stated the facts, but such a letter as that quoted is not and has never since the passing of the Act of 1870 been deemed a requisition within the meaning of Section 10. No requisition has been sent to the York School Board.