§ MR. BALDWIN (Worcester, Bewdley)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether the Education Department is entitled to insist upon a Census of the children of school age being taken by the School Attendance Committee of the Tenbury Union; and, if so, under what Act such powers are authorised, and by whom the expense of such Census will be defrayed?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Mr. ACLAND,) York, W.E., Rotherham
Sections 67 and 95 of the Elementary Education Act, 1870, as applied to School Attendance Committees by Section 43 of the Elementary Education Act, 1876, give the Education Department statutory power to call for such a Census as is mentioned in the question. Section 31 of the latter Act enacts that the expenses of a School Attendance Committee are to be paid out of a common fund raised out of the poor rate of the parishes in which the Committee act.