§ MR. YOXALL
I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Education (1) if he is aware that on the 2nd instant the Burnley School Board asked that the approval of the Science and Art Department to the proposed Secondary Education Committee for Burnley should be withheld; (2) whether, nevertheless, that approval was given on the 10th instant; and (3) whether this action is in consonance with the Department's circular letter No. 370, and his own statement in the House in May, 1897, that in districts where no voluntary combination is made, and where rival authorities are in operation, the proposals of the Departmental Committee for preventing overlapping cannot be carried into effect without legislation?
§ THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL ON EDUCATION (Sir JOHN GORST,) Cambridge University
The answer to all three Questions is in the affirmative.
§ MR. YOXALL
I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Education whether he is aware that the constitution of the secondary education authority for Burnley consists of eight governors of the grammar school, only three representatives of the school board, and no representation of teachers; and whether he will secure that a more even distribution of the representation shall be made?
§ SIR J. GORST
With regard to Question 6, the committee organised at Burnley contains two, not eight, representatives of the grammar school. It contains no representative of teachers. The Committee of Council have no power to alter the committee.