§ Sir C. COBB
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the Walthamstow Education Committee is advertising an appointment for a juvenile employment officer, with the condition attached that he must be a member of a recognised union or association; whether, in view of the fact that this condition imposes a restriction on the number of possible applicants and on the freedom of choice of the committee in selecting an officer a large proportion of whose salary is met out of Parliamentary grants, the local authority is exceeding its administrative powers; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?
§ Mr. TREVELYAN
The Board have been informed that the Walthamstow Education Committee have imposed the condition mentioned in the question. The appointment of a juvenile employment officer rests with the local education authority; and the requirement that the officer must be a member of a recognised union or association does not contravene any regulation of the Board, nor do I propose to take any action in the matter.