HC Deb 27 February 1905 vol 141 c1303

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education whether, having regard to the answer given by him to a recent deputation, he proposes in future to permit local managers of elementary schools to send children to church, and to count such attendance at church as attendance at school.

(Answered by Sir William Anson.) I know of no answer given by me which could warrant such a conclusion. The Board have never regarded attendance of children at church as attendance at school, and do not so regard it unless the school attendance authority are prepared to do so under their by-laws.