§ SIR JAMES RANKIN (Herefordshire, Leominster)
To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education whether it is the practice of the Board of Education to require a local education authority, upon the request of the managers of any non-provided school, to supply prayer books I and hymn books for the purpose of giving religious instruction.
(Answered by Sir William Anson.) I do not think that I can do better than repeat the reply which I gave to a Question on the same subject from the hon. Member for the Morley Division of Yorkshire on March 15th† last, to the effect that no local authority has been called upon by the Board of Education to pay for books or other apparatus required for the purposes of the denominational instruction given in voluntary schools, and the Board has offered no encouragement to managers to press for such payments.