HC Deb 03 November 1909 vol 12 cc1962-3

The provision of Section seventeen of the Education Act, 1902, requiring that all matters relating to the exercise by a local education authority or council having powers under that Act of their powers under that Act shall stand referred to the education committee constituted under that Section, and enabling the local education authority or council to delegate to the education committee so constituted any of their powers under that Act, shall apply not only with respect to the powers conferred on the local education authority or council under that Act, but also to any powers connected with education conferred by or under any other Act, scheme, or order, on the authority or council, expressly as a local education authority or as a council having powers under the Education Act, 1902, except the power of raising a rate or borrowing money.


As the Secretary to the Board of Education is in his place, perhaps he will tell us the meaning of this Clause. This and other Clauses are examples of legislation largely by reference, and it is impossible to understand their exact effect. Inasmuch as I understand, the Bill is largely intended to smooth the rough corners of other Education Acts, it is important we should know the meaning of these Clauses.


These Clauses deal with small administrative portions of the Act of 1902. The first Clause enables county councils to delegate powers concerning education to the education committees which are granted to them under other Acts than the Act of 1902. At present they are only able to delegate to the education committees powers under that Act.

Question, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill," put, and agreed to.