§ MR. GRAY
I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Education how many school boards are now existing in England and Wales, and of them how many have jurisdiction over districts containing a population of less than 500 persons; and can he state how many school attendance committees there are, and of them how many have jurisdiction in districts having a population of less than 500 persons.
§ SIR J. GORST
In England there are 2,184 and in Wales 343 school boards—total, 2,527. Of these 531 in England, and 62 in Wales have jurisdiction over populations not exceeding 500. In England there are 740 school attendance committees for boroughs, urban district councils, and poor law unions; in Wales there are 52 such committees. None of them has jurisdiction over less than 1,000 population, and most of them have populations of from 2,000 to 20,000, and upwards.