§ Mr. SHEEHAN
asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to a Resolution of the Free Church Council urging that, after the passing of the Parliament Bill, the Government at the earliest opportunity should introduce an Education Bill securing freedom from sectarian tests and denominational influences; and whether it is in the contemplation of the Government to use the passing of the Parliament Bill for the introduction of an Education Bill of such a character?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
It is certainly the hope of the Government after the Parliament Bill has become law to introduce and carry legislation dealing with education on the lines of the pledges repeatedly given by them and their supporters to the electorate.
§ Viscount CASTLEREAGH
May I ask if this legislation is to be carried out before the Preamble of the Parliament Bill is brought into force or after?
§ Mr. LANE-FOX
Is it intended that the support which the Irish Members are now giving to the Parliament Bill is to be used in destroying the present system?
§ Lord HUGH CECIL
Will the Prime Minister take steps to promote an interchange of opinion, with a view to settling this matter by consent before any Bill is introduced?