HC Deb 30 April 1888 vol 325 c896
MR. THORBURN (Peebles and Selkirk)

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether the Scottish Education Department will take into consideration a modification of the Education Code, so as to admit of a pupil who has passed in two subjects, say in the 5th Standard, to be kept therein, so as to comply with the provisions of section 8 of the Education Act of 1883, and also to earn a grant therein?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities)

said, My Lords are prepared to give all reasonable facility for the examination of children for labour certificates whatever their position in school. But they do not think that a grant should be paid except under the conditions now laid down in the Code; as otherwise an inducement might be offered to retain a pupil in a lower standard to his disadvantage for the purpose of securing the grant.