§ MR. FLOWER (Bradford, W.)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether, in the event of poor law guardians being willing to pay fees for the education of children in their care at public elementary schools, the Department will require the local authorities to provide sufficient accommodation?
§ SIR. J. GORST
The Committee of Council are very desirous that facilities should be given for the attendance of poor law children at public elementary schools; but, as the result of requiring the parish in which the workhouse happens to be situated to provide for them would be to put upon the rates of a single parish the cost of the school provision for the children from the whole union, I fear it could not be adopted unless, by an alteration in the law, the cost could be defrayed from the rates of the whole union.