§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the Wolstanton Urban District Council has recently ceased to have a director of education and has handed over the duties of the office to the part-time clerk to the council; whether his Department were consulted in the matter; whether they approve; if not, can they make representations; and how many urban districts employ directors of education?
§ Lord E. PERCY
The authority have intimated to me that one officer will combine the duties of clerk to the council and secretary to the Education Committee. The organisation of their administrative staff is a matter for the decision of the local authority, and the board do not interfere with their discretion in the matter. As regards the last part of the question, 35 local education authorities for urban districts in England and Wales employ full-time education officers, of whom 15 are termed directors and 20 secretaries.