§ Mr. GOLDSMITH
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the West Suffolk Education Committee informed the Board of Education on 24th July that they had given permission to R. Harper, a pupil teacher, to-attend the Territorial camp from 5th July to 22nd July; whether the Board stated, in reply, that, although they gave their approval, the absence in camp could not be taken into account under Article 24B (II.) of the regulations for the preliminary education of elementary school teachers; whether, therefore, the full grant will not 1465W be paid on account of this pupil teacher; and whether this is the general practice of the Board of Education?
The answers to the first and second parts of the question are in the affirmative. As regards the third part of the question, the full grant will be paid in respect of this pupil teacher, the ordinary conditions of grant having been complied with. The answer to the fourth part of the question is in the affirmative. The number of attendances at a pupil teacher centre required by the regulations allows a considerable margin, and absences for the purpose mentioned would not; in ordinary circumstances, prevent compliance with the terms of the Article referred to.