§ Sir GEORGE FARDELL
asked the President of the Board of Education how many of the Church elementary schools surrendered or closed since the Education Act, 1902, came into operation were trust schools; how many were privately owned; and how many were closed owing to the average attendance being under 30?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
One hundred and ninety-five Church schools have been transferred, of which 92 were privately owned. The remaining 103 may be taken as being held under some trust, expressed or implied. Two hundred and fifty-seven Church schools have been closed, of which 62 were privately owned, and the remaining 195 may be taken as being held under some trust, expressed or implied. Forty-two were closed owing to the average attendance being under 30. Among Church schools are included not only those in which the trust required the giving of Church of England instruction, but also those in which it is stated to have been given as a matter of usage.