§ MR. ESSLEMONT (Aberdeen, E.)
I bug to ask the Lord Advocate whether, with reference to Lady Burnett's School, Banchory, it is the case that the school is being managed by one Governor, who, under the recently sanctioned scheme, is the only one who is in the meantime capable of acting; whether, by Article 17 (h) of the Scotch Code, 1890, it is necessary before the Government grant can be paid that there should be at least three Governors to every school not a Board school; and whether, in the above circumstances, it is the intention of the Scotch Education Department to refuse any further grant to the school until steps are taken to make such an alteration on the scheme as will satisfy the requirements of the Code?
§ THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. P. B. ROBERTSON, Bute)
I understand that, owing to circumstances, only one Governor is now acting under the scheme recently sanctioned for the Lady Burnett's School. Article 17 (h) of the Scotch Code requires that three persons 54 should designate one of their number to sign the receipt for the grant to the school. One Trustee and two other Managers have hitherto acted under this provision of the Code, and we have not been informed that there has been any change in this respect. The question of a grant to the school must be decided after careful examination of the usual Returns at the time when the grant falls conditionally due. The Department cannot commit themselves to any decision beforehand, nor are they prepared at present to say that any alteration in the scheme is necessary to satisfy the requirements of the Code.