§ *MR. H. S. FOSTER (Suffolk, Lowestoft)
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 St. Andrew's Infants School, Lowestoft, and has reported that the marching space is sufficient, and that the school is very fairly equipped except as to some of the desks, whereas the Local Inspector had reported that the equipment was unsatisfactory, and that the marching space was insufficient, and has also recommended that the school managers were entitled to the portion of the grant withheld (£24 18s.), whether the Department has paid the managers the sum of £24 18s. 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 349 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 circumstances in the case of any voluntary school appealing to the Department against the report of the Inspector?
§ MR. A. H. D. ACLAND
The additional grant referred to in the question was paid on the 10th January. No request was made by the managers for the Chief Inspector or any other Inspector to be sent, and, therefore, no such request was refused.
§ *MR. H. S. FOSTER
The right hon. Gentleman has not answered the last part of the question as to who is respon- at the Department, and whether he intends to take any action in reference to the Inspector?
§ MR. ACLAND
Nobody in the Department is responsible if no appeal has been made to the Department, and no appeal refused. I answered that question practically the other day.