HC Deb 10 November 1911 vol 30 c2041W
Captain FABER

asked the President of the Board of Education if he will state whether, seeing that Mr. Justice Stephen laid down that parents could in certain eventualities keep their eldest daughter at home from school, he will allow the parents to sign a certificate to this effect instead of having to attend before magistrates, often at long distances from their own homes?


The question of whether there is a reasonable excuse for non-attendance at school is one to be decided by the magistrate before whom the case comes, and the Board have no power to interfere in the matter. As a matter of general policy, however, it is, I think, undesirable that such matters should be decided without the magistrate having the advantage of seeing the parents and the child.