HC Deb 11 June 1888 vol 326 c1695
MR. HUNTER (Aberdeen, N.)

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether, in forming a Commission under the Universities (Scotland) Bill, regard has been had to the necessity of appointing some gentleman having a practical knowledge of the modern requirements of the teaching of sciences and of the specific circumstances of the University of Aberdeen?

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

The formation of such a Commission involves very varied and difficult considerations. It is, of course, desirable not to have too many Members on a Commission, and this increases the difficulty of representing special interests as fully and directly as some might desire. The aim hitherto has been to form a Commission of unbiassed and practical men, who would be capable of giving impartial consideration to all general and local questions and interests. It was not intended, in announcing the names already made public, to indicate any definite closing of the list. Whether other names should be added is a question which has been, and still is, under consideration.