HC Deb 02 February 1897 vol 45 c1048

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether, in view of the fact that many of the younger children attending school in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are unable to speak English, the inspectors visiting such schools will be authorised to question the children in Gaelic whenever such a course seems desirable, as is already done in Welsh in the schools of Wales?


I must remind the hon. Member that Article 19 of the Code directs that in districts where Gaelic is spoken the intelligence of the children may be tested by requiring them to explain in Gaelic the meaning of any passage read or recited.