§ Order read for resuming adjourned Debate on Question [14th July], "That the Bill be now read a second time."
§ Question again proposed. Debate resumed.
§ Mr. WEDGWOOD
I do not propose to prolong the opposition to this Bill. The Minister for Education has kindly met me half way and has put in a Clause giving to parents the right to refuse to have the child sent to a residential school. I should have preferred that the parents had the right to refuse to send them to any school, but I accept the compromise that they may not be compelled to send a child to a residential institution. I understand that the opposition to the Bill on the other side is so considerable that it may not become law, but still it may be given a Second Reading, and the Minister for Education may see when the Amendments are put on the Table what arrangements can be come to.
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)
I would like to say that I understand that the 1718 Opposition are prepared to consent to the Second Reading on the understanding that, if after my Amendments have been placed upon the Paper, they still think it necessary to discuss the Bill to a substantial extent we shall not proceed further with the Bill this Session. I need hardly express my hope that when they see my Amendments they may realise that the criticisms in connection with the Bill have been fairly met, and that even at the last moment the Bill may pass into law.
§ Bill committed to a Committee of the Whole House for to-morrow (Thursday).—[Mr. Gulland.]