HC Deb 28 May 1903 vol 123 cc100-1
MR. TALBOT (Oxford University)

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the fact that the scheme of the Fenton Urban District Education Committee contains a provision that no clergyman or minister of any denomination is eligible for election on the Committee to be appointed; and, if so, whether he will withhold his sanction from this portion of the scheme.

(Answered by Sir William Anson.) The scheme for the appointment of the Education Committee of the Fenton Urban District Council makes full provision for the representation of the various kinds of education in the district, and provides, amongst other things, for the appointment of members on the recommendation of associations of Church of England schools and Roman Catholic schools, and of the Free Church Council. These bodies must be represented by persons other than clergymen or ministers, and the Board considered that as due representation of these kinds of schools was assured, the Council might claim a discretion as to the presence of clergymen or ministers on its Committee.