MR. DIGBY (Dorset, N.)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether he could see his way to modify that part of the New Education Code which alters the old and simple rule requiring the publication of the school accounts on the school doors, or in some public place, for 14 days only in each year; and if he would consider the inconvenience to which the teachers and managers of schools may be subjected by the permission given by the New Code to inspect the books and accounts at any time in the year?
§ MR. ACLAND
As I have already stated in the House, in reply to the noble Lord the Member for Rochester, on the 2nd May, the reason for the change is that those to whom facilities were offered by the Code of 1890 for inspection of the accounts and the Report, sometimes found that the information was not available to them when it was needed. I do not think inconvenience has arisen under the former arrangements, which were limited to 14 days. Similar arrangements can now be extended over the year. The Department would consider any representations that might be made to them as to the reasonableness of the time or the convenience of the place.