*SIR CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Board of Education, with reference to the power of the local education authority to abolish fees, if he can inform the House where that power is now given as regards non-provided schools; whether, within the limitation of Sections 1, 2, and 3 of the 234 Elementary Education Act, 1891, managers may continue to charge fees; and, under Section 4, the Education Department may sanction the imposition of new fees.
§ THE SECRETARY OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION (Sir WILLIAM ANSON,) Oxford University
The Sections of the Act of 1891 referred to by the right hon. Baronet are not repealed. The managers of non-provided schools must follow the directions of the local education authority in respect of secular instruction, as a condition of maintenance. It therefore rests with the local educational authority to forbid the charge of fees, or to allow them subject to the limitations referred to.