§ MR. JOHN ELLIS (Nottinghamshire, Rushcliffe)
To ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, having regard to the present circumstances, he will during their continuance consider the propriety of asking the attention of the House to business less calculated to arouse con troversy than that provoked by the Education Bill.
240 (Answer.) Nobody regrets more deeply thando the controversial aspect which has been "given to the Education Bill now before the House. It was certainly introduced in no controversial spirit, and with no desire to arouse religious susceptibilities. Believing as I do that it is calculated to effect a great and much-needed educational reform, I do not see how, consistently with the public interest, it would be possible to carry out the suggestion contained in the Question.—(Treasury.)