§ MR. H. S. FOSTER
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, with regard to the fact that the senior Chief Inspector has now visited the Christ Church Infant School, Lowestoft, and has reported that it is sufficiently lighted, that the marching space is sufficient, that the staffing of the school is within the limits prescribed by the Code, and that the average attendance is within the accommodation recognised by the Department, and has also recommended that the School Managers were entitled to the portion of the grant withheld (£24 10s.), whether the Department has paid the Managers the sum of £24 10s. so withheld, and, if not, for what reason it is still withheld; if he can state who is responsible at the Education Department for the refusal in the first instance to send down the Chief Inspector in response to the appeal of the Managers; whether he has taken or intends to take any action with regard to Her Majesty's Inspector; and, whether he has taken, or proposes to take, any steps at the Department to prevent a repetition of such 1272 circumstances in the case of any voluntary school appealing to the Department against the report of the Inspector?
§ MR. ACLAND
The additional grant in question was paid more than a month ago. The appeal referred to (which was not for the visit of the Chief Inspector, but for an unbiassed inspector) was dealt with, like all such requests, on the responsibility of the Department. I do not intend to take any action with regard to Her Majesty's Inspector, whose conscientious discharge of his duties has been much appreciated by many managers in his district. I do not propose to take any further steps.