§ MR HENRY HOBHOUSE (Somersetshire, E.)
To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education whether his Board propose to exercise to any, and, if so, to what extent their powers under Schedule 2 (ii.) of the Education Act, 1902, of paying to School Boards before the appointed day Parliamentary Grants accrued before that day, but not in the ordinary course payable until after that day.
(Answered by Sir William Anson.) The Board of Education do not anticipate that it will be necessary to exercise their powers under Schedule 2 (ii.) in respect of School Boards. Parliamentary Grants accruing during a school year do not mature for payment until after the termination of that year; and apportionment would only be required in the case of a closed school. Board schools will not be closed, but will be transferred on the appointed day to new authorities, who will carry them on without break in continuity. These authorities, as successors in regard to property, powers, rights, and liabilities, will be the proper persons to receive the grants accruing but not yet matured for payment at the appointed day.