§ 34. Mr. GOLDSTONE
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that in a large number of the elementary schools of Liverpool fees are still imposed; whether the conditions under which fees were imposed are reviewed from time to time; and whether any inquiry is held by the Board before consent is given to the imposition of fees in new schools?
§ Dr. ADDISON
Fees are charged in sixty public elementary schools in Liverpool. In forty-eight of the fee-charging schools the right to charge fees arises from the provisions of Section 2 of the Elementary Education Act, 1891, and is not conferred by the Board under Section 4 of the Act or subject to conditions imposed by them under that Section; in the remaining twelve it does not appear that any occasion has arisen for a review of the conditions on which the Board's sanction was given. Before consenting to a charge of fees the Board assure themselves by inquiry that the conditions prescribed by Section 4 of the Act are satisfied. For further information I may refer my hon. Friend to the answers given by my right hon. Friend to the hon. Member for North Somerset on the 18th May, 1914, copies of which I am sending him.