§ MR. WALTER THORBURN (Peebles and Selkirk)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government are prepared to give an assurance that an equivalent grant will be given to Scotland in proportion to the sum proposed to be given to the Voluntary Schools in England?
THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Sir MICHAEL HICKS PEACH,) Bristol W.
We do not think, as was stated last year, that the system of "equivalent grants" is properly applicable to the matter dealt with in my 1055 right hon. Friend's Bill; but should this Bill become law, no doubt fair aid will be given to primary education in Scotland, in such manner as may be suitable to the educational requirements of the country.
§ MR. JAMES BRYCE (Aberdeen, S)
May I ask upon what basis that aid will be calculated, or when the right hon. Gentleman will be able to make a statement on the subject?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
I imagine any proposals of the kind could not be introduced until it was seen what the result may be of the Bill which my right hon. Friend introduced last night. ["Hear, hear!"]