§ MR. STAVELEY-HILL (Staffordshire,. Kingswinford)
To ask the President of the Board of Education if provision will be made in the Education Bill now before the House for the repeal of Section 40 of the Elementary Education Act, 1876, which requires boards of guardians to enforce the attendance at school of the children of persons in receipt of out-door relief as a condition for granting such relief, in order that the sole responsibility for enforcing attendance shall be placed on the school-attendance officer.
(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) I beg to refer the hon. Member to the Answer which I gave to a similar Question on 11th May. The responsibility of enforcing school attendance rests solely with the local education authority, and I do not think the operation of Section 40 detracts in any way from that responsibility.