HC Deb 26 April 1938 vol 335 cc23-4
43. Mr. Logan

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he can now state what progress has been made in regard to the provision under the Education Act, 1936, in connection with non-provided schools in Liverpool?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education (Mr. Kenneth Lindsay)

I regret that I am not yet able to add to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member on 14th April.

Mr. Logan

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the suggestions from the education authorities in Liverpool mean council schools to meet the situation; and in view of the national compromise which has been arrived at, will he be willing after 1st May, when Liverpool has deliberated, to answer in this House in regard to the preparations that Liverpool is about to undertake?

Mr. Lindsay

Perhaps we had better wait until 1st May.

Mr. Thurtle

Does the new Act leave it to the discretion of local authorities whether or not they will provide money for these non-provided schools?

Mr. Lindsay

That is so.

Mr. Logan

Is it not a fact that the national compromise made by the Minister of Education did not resolve any such thing, and that the position is that provision has to be made under the Act for the schools?

Mr. Lindsay

I was asked whether it was in the hands of the local authorities, and that is so. The spirit of the Act is that they should work together.

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