§ MR. HENRY HOBHOUSE (Somersetshire, E.)
To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education if the debts and liabilities of School Boards, other than those incurred on capital account, which are transferred to a County Council on the appointed day will be charged on the old School Board area or on the whole education area of the County Council.
(Answered by Sir William Anson.) The debts and liabilities in question will be charged on the old School Board area. The whole subject is dealt with by Section 86 of the Local Government Act, 1894, which is applied by paragraph 8 of the Second Schedule of the Bill. Under this section current liabilities are to be liquidated so far as possible before the appointed day. In case any liabilities are not so liquidated and are carried over to the new authority, machinery is provided by the same section for enabling them to be met in the same manner as before the transfer.