§ MR. BERTRAM (Hertfordshire,) Hitchin)
To ask the President of the Board of Education whether he can state what have been the receipts and expenditure, from their foundation up to the coming into force of the Education Act, 1902, of the associations of schools established under the Voluntary Schools Act, 1897, and what balance remained in their hands at the latter date; whether any of these associations still exist; and, if so, what is their present legal status and position, and what are the duties they now discharge; whether he can give particulars of the receipts and expenditure of such last-mentioned associations (if any) from the coming into force of he Education Act, 1902, up to the present time, showing the balances now remaining undisposed of in the hands of each association; and whether he can show in any statements of those accounts what sums have been received from Parliamentary grants and from private subscriptions separately.
§ (Answered by MR. McKenna.) I regret it is impossible within the limits 1007 of an Answer to discuss the complex matters dealt with in my hon. friend's Question, and I can only refer him to the volume of Aid Grant Statistics [Cd. 2412 of 1905], published by the Board of Education, and more especially to the prefatory memorandum and the summary on page 203. This volume contains all the information in the possession of the Board on the subject.