HC Deb 16 February 1899 vol 66 cc1124-5
MR. CHANNING (Northampton, E.)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether there are now in Poor Law schools in the Metropolitan area any children who have passed the fourth, but have not yet passed the fifth, standard who are allowed to be withdrawn under the half-time system, in spite of the raising of the standard for exemption in London from the fourth to the fifth standards; and, if so, whether he will direct the attention of the London Poor Law authorities to this violation of the Law, and instruct them that any such violation of the Law must be forthwith put an end to?


I have recently been informed by the London School Board that the standard which a child must have reached in order to obtain partial exemption from school attendance in London has been raised by them to the fifth, and I have already directed the attention of the Guardians and Managers of Poor Law Schools in London to the subject so far as children in these schools are concerned.