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Low Valley School

Volume 181: debated on Monday 19 August 1907

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On behalf of the hon. Member for the Barkston Ash Division of Yorkshire, I beg to ask the President of the Board of Education whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the recent correspondence between the managers of the Roman Catholic school at Low Valley, the local education authority, and the Board of Education.

This correspondence has now proceeded for some years and I do not think any advantage would be gained by laying the whole or any part of it upon the Table of the House.

Are we to have no opportunity of seeing the correspondence and of knowing its nature?

In the frequent debates in this House on the subject I have noticed that hon. Members who challenge my action have been fully apprised of all the circumstances.

I have seen the documents on one side. Will the right hon. Gentleman show me the documents for his point of view?

All the material documents in this case have been read or quoted sufficiently in the course of the various debates, and it would be most undesirable in the interests of economy to publish a correspondence of that kind.

Is the plea of economy set up in order to provide salaries for the officials of the new Education Department?

MR. RAWLINSON( Cambridge University) : Can hon. Members interested in this matter have a copy taken at their own expense?

Then I give notice on behalf of my hon. friend that I shall ask to be allowed to have a copy at my own expense.