HC Deb 25 May 1911 vol 26 cc433-4

asked whether, where the managers and local education authority so desire it, they will be permitted to fly the Union Jack on school buildings in Great Britain on the day for His Majesty's Coronation?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Runciman)

There is certainly no objection so far as the Board of Education is concerned. With regard to the general question of flying the Union Jack I may refer to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary to the Noble Lord the Member for West Perthshire yesterday.


If there is no general objection to the flying of the Union Jack over the National schools in Great Britain, why is it that a similar request has been refused to Ireland this year?

Captain CRAIG

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that we intend to fly the Union Jack on the school buildings in Ulster, whether he allows it or not?


asked the Home Secretary whether those police constables who have served under George V., Edward VII., and Queen Victoria, and who are members of the City of London and of the Metropolitan police, are to be presented with Coronation medals; and, if so, whether he can see his way to extend the same honour to the provincial police?


As I stated in reply to a question on the 1st instant, I cannot make such a recommendation. The medals for the Metropolitan and City Police will be given to officers, not because they have served under previous Sovereigns, but because of heavy extra duties to be performed at the Coronation by these forces.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that certain extra duties will also fall on the provincial police? Will he see that they too shall have some Royal recognition?


Can the hon. Gentleman arrange that in addition to medals there shall be issued to police officers a tract on the virtues of being meek and mild?