HC Deb 30 October 1906 vol 163 cc869-70

To ask the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of the fact that the expenses of the projected Education Commission are to come out of the £1,000,000 granted by the Government, he will say what his estimate of the annual cost of such Commission will be.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The hon. Gentleman is mistaken in thinking that the expenses of the Commissioners to be appointed under Section 10 of the Education Bill will be met out of the £1,000,000 provided under Clause 13. If the hon. Member will peruse the latter clause he will see that its terms do not admit of the grant being devoted to this purpose, and moreover it was made clear by myself in this House on 20th July that the cost of the Commission should come out of public funds. I am unable at present to form any estimate of the annual cost of such Commission.