§ MR. MANSFIELD
To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education if he 861 will state, in the event of the Education Bill now before Parliament becoming law, what will be the position of a member of the Council of a county borough, or other authority charged with the administration of the Act, who, previous to the passing of the Act, had undertaken contracts with the School Board within the same area, and which contracts are not completed at the time of the passing of the Act, and will such a contractor invalidate his scat on the Council.
(Answered by Sir William Anson.) Persons "concerned in any bargain or contract" with a District Council are (subject to certain exceptions) disqualified from being members of the Council by Section 40 (e) of The Local Government Act, 1894. Persons having "directly or indirectly…any share or interest in any contract" with a County or Borough Council, are (subject to certain exceptions) disqualified from membership of the Council by Section 12 (1) (c) of The Municipal Corporations Act, 1882, and Sections 2 and 75 of The Local Government Act, 1888. Contracts entered into with School Boards will be taken over by the new authorities, and will carry with them the disqualification for membership of those authorities.