§ MR. LAMBERT (Devon, South Molton)
I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Education whether he is aware that a perfectly regular application to hold a political meeting in the national schoolroom at Alwington, Devon, has lately been refused to the Liberal candidate for the Barnstaple Division; whether he will state to the House the total income of the school, specifying the amount received from the public funds and from voluntary subscriptions; whether he is aware that the Alwington School received £21 5s., or nearly 10s. per scholar, in 1897–8 under the Voluntary Schools Act, 1897; and if he will withdraw the aid grant under that Act in the event of the use of the school being denied for a legitimate public purpose?
§ THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL ON EDUCATION (Sir J. GORST,) Cambridge University
Parliamentary candidates have no right to claim the use of elementary schools for political meetings. The school receives £74 8s. 6d. from public funds £23 14s. 9d. from voluntary subscriptions, and 16s. from sale of needleworlk—a total of £98 19s. 3d. The statement in the third paragraph is substantially correct. There is no ground for with-drawal of the aid grant.