HC Deb 15 July 1889 vol 338 cc402-3

I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether he will add to the Report of Her Majesty's Inspector for the Welsh Division the list of the attendances, grants earned, and the accommodation provided in each public elementary school within the division; also, whether he will issue instructions to Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools in Wales embodying such of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Elementary Education Act relative to the utilization of the Welsh language in elementary teaching in Wales as are embodied in the Education Code, or take some other means to make these provisions, unanimously approved by the Welsh people, effective?


The Report of Her Majesty's Inspector is in too forward a state of preparation for this to be done now; but I will consult the Stationery Office as to how far it might be possible to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion on the next occasion. In regard to the second question of the hon. Member, I deeply regret the postponement of these changes which were welcomed with complete unanimity throughout Wales. They will, I trust, be introduced into the next Code. It will, however, be observed that in the Code of 1888 managers are empowered to submit to the inspector progressive schemes of lessons in the subjects named in the second schedule, and this provision does enable instruction in all the class subjects to be adapted to the special circumstances of Welsh schools. Welsh, as the hon. Members are aware, is already recognized as a specific subject.