§ SIR CHARLES DILKE () Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean
To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he has yet considered the arrangements to he made under the Education Bill for the audit of the accounts of the managers and of the education authorities; whether it is proposed that a single audit should be held for counties by the same auditors who audit the rest of the County Council accounts, or whether these audits will be held by the auditors who now audit School Board accounts; where the audits of managers' accounts will take place, and what notices of the audit will be published, and whether notices will be affixed on school doors as at present; whether the Local Government Board will issue an Order prescribing the form of accounts of local education authorities in counties under The Local Government Act, 1888; and whether it is intended that a similar Order shall be applied to the accounts of a Borough Council under Clause 19 (3) of the Bill.
(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) The accounts referred to in the Question will not have to be audited until after the close of the financial year following the appointed day. I am not at present in a position to state precisely what arrangements will be made in this matter, but in considering them I will bear in mind the points to which the right hon. Baronet draws attention.