HC Deb 07 May 1891 vol 353 cc262-3

I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether his attention has been called to the Report of Mr. Blenkinsopp, Her Majesty's Inspector of Factories and Workshops for Bedford, Hunts, and parts of Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, and, in particular, to his statement, that, in the union of Thrapston, The Education Act is almost a dead letter, and in some families not a single child has ever been to any school; and whether he will take such steps as may be necessary to enforce the Education Act in this district?


So far as the information at my disposal goes, the statement, that in the Union of Thrapston the Education Act is almost a dead letter, is an exaggeration; but the Department have received a Report from their Inspector revealing an unsatisfactory state of things in Thrapston and the neighbouring Unions, and careful inquiries are being made with a view to the better enforcement of the Statute.