MR. CARVELL WILLIAMS
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether the Church Catechism is still taught, wholly or in part, in the North Mundham Board School; whether he is aware that on Ascension Day the scholars were taken to church in the morning, and had a holiday in the afternoon, though they were to be examined by the Government Inspector the next day; and whether the Department will take steps to insure the due observance by the Board of the provisions of the Education Act of 1870?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Sir JOHN GORST,) Cambridge University
I believe parts of the Church Catechism not distinctive of any particular denomination are still taught in North Mundham Board School. I have no information as to the proceedings of the school on Ascension Day, but if they were such as are suggested in the Question they seem unobjectionable. The Committee of Council have no reason to suppose that the North Mundham School Board will fail to observe the provisions of the Education Act of 1870.