HC Deb 19 March 1903 vol 119 cc1218-9
MR. LEVY (Leicestershire, Loughborough)

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education if he will state in what respects the scheme under the Education Act, 1902, submitted to the Board of Education by the Loughborough Town Council did not comply with the requirements of the Act; why it was disapproved and returned by the Board of Education; and how many schemes submitted by councils have been returned for alterations.

(Answered by Sir William Anson.) On 3rd March a scheme for an Education Committee was submitted to the Board of Education by the Loughborough Town Council. In the covering letter sent with the draft scheme it was suggested to the Board that the Chairman of the Education (Advisory) Committee and the Town Clerk would come to the Board for consultation as to various points in the scheme. As a result of that interview the Board communicated on the following day to the Town Council in writing the various suggestions made at the interview for improving the scheme (a) by securing the inclusion on the Committee of persons of more widely varied educational experience, and also (b) by making one or two drafting amendments to make the scheme more effectively carry out the intentions of the Council. These suggestions were adopted by the Town Council and publication of the scheme has now been sanctioned. I have said before in answer to questions addressed to me by the hon. Member that it is impossible to recount the communications which puss between the Board and local education authorities in the course of the formation of schemes.