HC Deb 20 April 1915 vol 71 c196

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the dispute caused in Burston, Norfolk, by the dismissal of two village school teachers, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Higdon, still continues, to the detriment of educational conditions; whether he is aware that local opinion is strongly on the side of the dismissed teachers, and that fifty-three children have in consequence left the education committee's school; and whether, in view of the present unsatisfactory position, he will cause an inquiry to be made into all the circumstances?


I am aware of the facts referred to in the question. There is, however, no ground upon which I can hold a statutory inquiry, and I should not propose to hold an inquiry of any kind unless I had good reason to believe that my intervention would lead to a settlement of the dispute.