§ MR. A. C. HUMPHREYS-OWEN (Montgomery)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in view of the dissatisfaction caused by the present procedure in respect of schemes laid before Parliament after approval by the Education Department in pursuance of the provisions of the Endowed Schools Acts, the Government will give effect to the suggestion of the Royal Commission on Secondary Education, that such schemes may by a vote of each House be referred for consideration and amendment to a Committee of each House, or to a Joint Committee of both Houses?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR, Manchester, E.)
In answer to the Question of the hon. Gentleman, I have to say that the proposal which he throws out is one which, as I understand, would require legislation, and I am not in a position to promise legislation on the subject at the present time.
§ MR. HUMPHREYS - OWEN
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether a Secondary Education Bill will be introduced by the Government, either in this House or in another place, for consideration during the Recess?
§ SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE (Exeter)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education if the Government will introduce the promised Bill on Secondary Education during the present Session, in order that chambers of commerce and educational associations may have an opportunity of considering it during the Recess?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY
I understand from my noble Friend the President of the Council that he thinks it would not be possible to introduce this Measure in the course of the present Session.