HC Deb 01 July 1872 vol 212 cc425-6

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether his attention has been called to a recent decision by Lord Gifford in the Edinburgh Court of Session, in the case of the Teacher of the Parliamentary School of Onich, who was removed from his office by the heritors of the parish for long continued inefficiency, in consequence of a report by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools specially appointed for the purpose; and, whether under the repealing clause and other provisions of the Education Bill which has lately passed through this House any teacher of a parliamentary school may, notwithstanding the decision of Lord Gifford, be hereafter removed for inefficiency, in the same manner as the teacher of a parochial or any other public school?


Sir, I have seen the judgment referred to only in the newspapers; but my attention has been directed to the question decided The learned Judge expressing himself as upon a doubtful point of law—and it certainly appears doubtful—I may say that I have given an opinion contrary to the judgment pronounced. The main part of the Question, however, is the last; and I have no hesitation in saying that under the Bill which this House has passed, and which has now gone to the House of Lords, the teacher of a Parliamentary school will be removable in the same way as the teacher of any other public school, and the judgment referred to has no effect upon that.