§ Major PRESCOTT
asked the President of the Board of Education why the education authorities in Lancashire have been notified that it is not possible to fix the appointed date at which Sub-section (1) of Section 8 of the Education Act, 1918, should conic into operation for any date earlier than 1st January, 1920; and whether there is a strong demand in Lancashire for the immediate abolition of the half-time system?
§ Mr. FISHER
Section 52 of the Education Act, 1918, provides that the appointed day for the Sub-section in question shall not be earlier than the termina- 311W tion of the present War, and this has not yet been fixed by Order in Council as provided by Sub-section (1) of Section 1 of the Termination of the Present War (Definition) Act, 1918. The Board have intimated to local education authorities that the appointed day for the purposes of Section 8 (1) of the Education Act, 1918, will probably be the beginning of the term next following the date of the official termination of the war as fixed by Order in Council.