HC Deb 05 June 1891 vol 353 c1719
MR. PARKER SMITH (Lanark, Partick)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether, considering the great hardship and disorganisation of education that would arise from the immediate enforcement of the recent decision of the Committee of Public Accounts with regard to conditions of education grants in Scotland, he will be prepared to take such steps that that decision shall not come into force during the year now current, so that it shall not have a retrospective effect, and so as to give the School Boards concerned time for the reorganisation required in consequence of the new interpretation of the law?


The Report of the Committee of Public Accounts to which the hon. Member refers has only been in our hands for a short time. The Treasury is awaiting a communication which has been asked for from the Scotch Education Department as to the effect of the recommendation of the Account Committee, and as soon as that has been received we shall be in a position to determine what course to take upon the Report of the Committee.