§ MR. YOXALL (Nottingham, W.)
To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education what steps the Board have taken in the matter of the closing of the St. Nicholas Schools, Whitehaven, on February 22nd and 23rd, by the vicar of the parish, without consultation with the other managers of the school or with some of them; and what steps the Board proposes to take to provide against a second such closing of the school.
(Answered by Sir William Anson.) The remedy for the action of the vicar lies with the local education authority, for it is the duty of the managers, under Section 7 (1) (a) of the Act, to carry out the instructions of the local authority as to the times for closing the school; and by failing to perform this duty the managers are endangering the continued maintenance of the school. It lies with the managers to prevent their chairman from acting without consultation with themselves. The Board are 1356 writing to the local educational authority and the managers to the above effect.