HC Deb 05 July 1904 vol 137 cc624-5
MR. H. C. RICHARDS (Finsbury, E.)

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education upon what date and in what manner he proposss to communicate to the House and to the managers of non-provided schools the instructions which nave been given to His Majesty's inspectors, not to sanction time-tables in Church of England schools where provision is made for the attendance of children with their parents' consent at such services; and if the Board of Education intend to treat the timetables of the Roman Catholic schools in the same manner.

(Answered by Sir William Anson.) The Board have decided that, as the instructions to be given to their inspectors in the matter referred to in the Question relate to an interpretation of the Education Acts on a particular point, which is of some general interest, they will make the said instructions public. It is hoped that they will be issued very shortly. The action of the Board turns upon the interpretation of the Education Acts, and I am not aware that these afford preferential treatment to one kind of voluntary schools over another.