HC Deb 15 December 1893 vol 19 cc1503-4
MR. JACKSON (Leeds, N.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in order to give effect to the Irish Education Act, it is necessary to pass a short Bill before the 1st January; and, if so, when the Bill will be introduced?


Arising out of the answer given to a similar question, will the Chancellor of the Duchy be good enough to say how he intends to bring the Compulsory Education Act into force on January 1, if the Bill to which reference is made is not yet printed, and is to be treated as a contentious measure?


I would ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he considers the present Government responsible for the blunder of the late Government in passing a defective Act?

MR. BRYCE (who replied)

said: The position is this: A flaw in the Education Act of 1892 will prevent compulsion from being applied, or rather will prevent the operation of the section providing payment of the expenses of the Attendance Committees who are to apply it, in certain places, but in other places the Act will apply.