HC Deb 17 June 1907 vol 176 cc168-9

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the fact that large numbers of children, who are brought by their parents into the county of Kent for the fruit and hop-picking seasons, evade the provisions of the Elementary Education Acts; and whether any special steps are now taken by the Board of Education to secure that such children shall obtain their education during the winter months.


I think most of these children come from the Metropolitan area, and I have no doubt that the London County Council take all necessary steps to secure their attendance at school when they return from the country. I fear difficulties must inevitably arise when children migrate to a new district inasmuch as school holidays are taken at different dates in different areas.