HC Deb 29 April 1913 vol 52 c986
35. Captain FABER

asked whether the Butlocks school dispute is now settled; and, if so, on what conditions; and whether the normal amount of children now attend the school?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)

The dispute in question is not one in which the Board have any power to intervene, but I understand it is not yet settled and that seventy-three children, out of a total of 282, are withdrawn from the school and are receiving instruction elsewhere.


Did not the Secretary of the Board of Education state, in reply to a question a week ago or more, that if the children in considerable numbers absented themselves, it would give the Board of Education cause for inquiry?


We are looking very carefully into the matter. As a matter of fact, all these children withdrawn are being educated elsewhere.


Are we to understand that this school authority can defy the education authorities and there is no possible remedy for this state of things going on?


It is competent for all local authorities to prosecute parents who do not send their children to school if they have provided proper education facilities.