§ MR. ALFRED HUTTON (York, W.R., Morley)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, whether he can grant a return of the regulations with regard to religious instruction given in public elementary schools other than Board Schools in a selected number of counties, on lines similar to the Return given in February, 1895, by the Education Department in relation to Board Schools?
§ SIR JOHN GORST
In the case of Board Schools, the Committee of Council have a right to inquire about religious teaching, under Sections 14 and 16 of the Elementary Education Act of 1870. In the case of Voluntary Schools they have no such right. They consider that to make the inquiry suggested would be justly regarded as an unwarranted interference.