HC Deb 23 June 1902 vol 109 cc1372-3

To ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in the event of the failure of any of the local education authorities which it is proposed to constitute by the Bill now before this House to provide sufficient school accommodation for the children of its area, the Board of Education will be enabled, under the provisions of the Bill, to apply for a mandamus; and if so, whether such mandamus will issue against the Education Committee to which the oversight of education is delegated, or against the local education authority.

(Answer.) It is intended that a mandamus will lie against the local education authority in the case mentioned. The mandamus will be directed to the authority, not to the committee, as the authority are the persons responsible. If necessary, it may be made clear by verbal amendment that the authority can act in obedience to a mandamus without acting through the education committee.—(Treasury.)