HC Deb 16 December 1911 vol 32 cc2859-60W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether appeals have been made to the Board of Education by bodies of managers in the county of Anglesey in September last for a direction to the local education authority to maintain the non-provided schools of the county in accordance with the legal decision given in the Swansea case; and, if such appeals have been received, when the reply of the Board may be expected?


asked (1) whether the Cardiganshire education authority differentiate in their treatment of non-provided and provided schools, thereby violating the Education Act of 1902, as interpretated by the House of Lords in the Swansea case; whether the managers of certain schools appealed in October last to the Board of Education thereon; and whether the Board are now prepared to give the necessary instruction to the local education authority; (2) whether in the county of Glamorgan frequent applications had been made by teachers in non-provided schools to the county education authority that they might be paid salaries granted by that authority to teachers of like service and qualifications in council schools; whether, although the local authority had received reports from their officials justifying the applications, no steps had been taken by the local authority to give effect to the provisions of The Education Act, 1902, as interpreted by the House of Lords; and whether the Board were now prepared, having regard to the application made on the 21st June last, to advise the local education authority that the question of law having been finally determined, they should now proceed to give effect to the Act of Parliament; (3) whether the Merthyr education authority had refused to pay to teachers in non-provided schools salaries equal in amount to those paid to teachers of similar qualification and experience in provided schools; whether the town clerk of Merthyr had advised the local authority that, having regard to the decision of the House of Lords in the Swansea case, the local authority should now pay the same rate of salary in all schools; and whether the Board would be prepared to advise the local authority in accordance with that report?


I am afraid I must ask for further notice of these subsequent questions. I am fully aware of the importance of the points raised, but I have not had time yet to consider them, and cannot undertake to do so within the few hours given me to reply to these questions.