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Elementary Education Act (1870) Amendment:Act—School Board Loans

Volume 282: debated on Thursday 2 August 1883

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asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether the outstanding loans for money borrowed by School Boards, amounting in 1882 to £12,800,000, has increased since the last Return; and, whether the Local Government Board have any power to check the extravagance of School Boards in this respect?

No loan can be contracted by a school board without the sanction of the Education Department; and such sanction is never given unless, to quote the words of the Act of 1873—

"The Department is satisfied that the additional school accommodation to be supplied by such loan is required to provide for the educational wants of the district."
The outstanding loans have, no doubt increased since the last Return; but until the next Return is made up I cannot say to what extent.