HC Deb 24 April 1896 vol 39 c1638
MR. JOHN WILSON (Lanark, Govan)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate, whether, seeing that the payments to school managers in respect of fourth-year pupil teachers depend upon the results of the examination of female candidates in needlework, as provided by the Syllabus of Examination for Admission to Training Colleges, Art. 92 (6), Scotch Code, the Scotch Education Department will agree either to abolish the examination in needlework prescribed for these candidates at the annual inspection of their respective schools, or make the two examinations in needlework identical, and provide that, where fourth-year female pupil teachers are examined in needlework in their respective schools, the marks obtained should, as in reading, recitation, and teaching, be put to their credit in the admission examination?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Sir CHARLES PEARSON,) Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities

I understand that the arrangements with respect to examinations in sewing are not such as are indicated in the hon. Member's Question, and that they would not permit of the adoption of the plan which he suggests. But the matter is so much one of detail that it would perhaps be more convenient that the nature of the difficulty felt, and any suggestion for its removal should, in the first instance at least, be matter of correspondence with the Department.