HC Deb 04 December 1902 vol 115 c1315

To ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, having regard to the fact that by Section 1 of the Education (England and Wales) Bill, the Council of a borough with a population of over ten thousand becomes the local education authority for the purpose of Part III. of the Act, and that the clergy and minister have in the past taken a leading part in educational affairs as members of School Boards and otherwise, he intends to introduce a Bill to repeal Section 12 of The Municipal Corporation Act, 1882, which disqualifies any person who is in holy orders or the regular minister of a dissenting congregation for being members of a municipal corporation, and to allow the clergy and ministers to be members both of County Council and of Borough Councils.

(Answered by Mr. A. J. Balfour.) The Government do not propose to introduce such a Bill.