HC Deb 15 June 1891 vol 354 cc405-6

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether Her Majesty's Government, having declared that they intend to propose the application (after the present year) of a considerable part of the Scottish "Equivalent Grant" to the purposes of what is called secondary education, and having also expressed their sense of the difficulty and importance of determining the best method of promoting such education by means of public money, intend to institute any, and what, sort of inquiry into the state of secondary education in Scotland, and the best means for extending and improving it?


I have been asked by my right hon. Friend to answer this question. In conformity with the recent statement made in this House it will be the duty of the Government during the ensuing year not only to weigh very carefully the claims of secondary education as one of the interests competing for a share of the additional Scotch grant, but also to prosecute further inquiries as to the means by which any grant available for that purpose might be usefully applied. Many proposals have already been submitted and considered by the Scotch Education Department, and these, as well as any suggestions which may be made, will receive further careful consideration. The Government will also endeavour to bring all necessary statistics down to the latest date, so as to afford the necessary information for the solution of all branches of this difficult question.