§ Mr. LEACH
asked the President of the Board of Education if he will consider the advisability of introducing legislation for the abolition of all denominational religious tests for head scholarships in elementary schools in the receipt of rates and taxes, thus opening these State appointments to men and women duly qualified who do not adhere to the Church of England, as well as to those who do?
§ Mr. J. A. PEASE
The views of the Government in regard to the continued imposition of religious tests on teachers are well known, and the hon. Member may rest assured that the question will not be lost sight of, but I cannot anticipate any legislative proposals which may be laid before Parliament.
§ Mr. LEACH
asked the President of the Board of Education how many elementary schools in receipt of Government Grants still charge fees; how many non-provided schools still charge fees; how many provided schools also charge fees; and what is the total amount of fees so charged in each class of school, respectively?
§ Mr. PEASE
The latest available figures are for the statistical year ended 31st July, 1913. In that year the number of public elementary schools in England and Wales. in which fees were charged was 429. Of these 308 were non-provided schools and 121 were provided schools. The amounts received as fees in the non-provided schools were £35,772 19s., and in the provided schools £30,712 7s. 1d.