HC Deb 14 March 1912 vol 35 cc1253-4

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when the Queen's scholarships were established to enable promising students in the Straits Settlements to complete their education in this country; how many pupils have held these scholarships; and when and for what reasons were they abolished?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Colonel Seely)

Two scholarships were established in 1886. There have been, I believe, forty-seven scholars in all. One of the scholarships was abolished in 1908; the other has been abolished this year. They have been abolished on the advice of the majority of the unofficial members of council, who consider that the money, which they absorbed, can be better employed for other educational purposes.


Were the unofficial members who recommended the abolition of these scholarships nominated by the Government or were they representative of any local native opinion?

Colonel SEELY

Perhaps my hon. Friend will put down a question for the Secretary of State himself.