§ MR. COBB (Warwick, S.E., Rugby)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education if he can state the number of children in average attendance at the various voluntary schools in Rugby and Bilton, and the respective numbers of those who pay fees or for books or other materials, giving the separate figures for each school?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Mr. ACLAND, York, W.R., Rotherham)
There are six public elementary schools in the districts of Rugby and Bilton, with between 1,800 and 1,900 children in average attendance according to the latest Returns. Five of these schools retain the power of charging fees under the Act of 1891. Out of 2,342 children on the books 1,450 were paying fees of from 1d. to 3d. per week; but no child at any public elementary school is obliged to pay for books or materials except as a voluntary arrangement, and the parents of any of these children have the right to claim completely free education by making a representation to the Department.