HC Deb 03 March 1908 vol 185 cc492-3
MR. WALKER (Leicestershire, Melton)

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury what reductions have been made in this House upon the Estimates during the last ten years.

(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) The figures asked for by my hon. friend are shown below:—

it compulsory on the county councils to put it in force.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) I should find, considerable difficulty in adding to the number of Bills affecting Ireland which I hope to introduce- during the present session; but I am very sensible of the need there is for the improvement of school attendance in Ireland. Those who have administered the existing law are, I believe, of the opinion that it requires some amendment; and I agree with the hon. Member that there should be a law of general application. I should be glad to consider the question if I had evidence that hon. Members from Ireland desired such legislation.