§ 73. Mr. C. BATHURST
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is in agreement with the resolution recently passed at the annual conference at Bangor of the School Attendance Officers National Association, to the effect that the experience of attendance officers is the best possible preparation and qualification for the post of executive officer under the Education (Choice of Employment) Act, 1910; and, if so, whether he will reconsider the decision, recently embodied in a Departmental circular, that the possession of a university degree is necessary for the holders of such offices?
I have no reason to suppose that the local education authorities who appoint executive officers under the Choice of Employment Act do not appreciate the qualifications of attendance officers for the posts, and I do not think it is necessary or desirable for me to express any opinion on the point. The Board have never even suggested that the possession of a university degree is a necessary qualification for the holders of such posts.