§ 45. Mr. WATT
asked the Prime Minister whether the announcement by the Lord Chancellor at Manchester that education would be the subject of legislation in the Session of 1913, means that the federation scheme of Home Rule is not to proceed further at present and that Scotland will have to wait for the advent of another Parliament with a Liberal majority before she will be given Home Rule?
§ 46 Mr. JAMES HOPE
asked (1) whether the Prime Minister can give an assurance that in the proposals for educational reform, adumbrated by the Lord Chancellor in a speech at Manchester on 11th January, the existing rights of managers of denominational schools will be maintained unimpaired; (2) that the status and salaries of teachers who continue to serve in denominational elementary schools will be maintained unimpaired; and (3) that the existing facilities for religious teaching within school hours in denominational elementary schools will be maintained unimpaired?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I must refer to the answer which I gave yesterday on the subject of the Lord Chancellor's speech. I cannot at present make any statement as to the business of future Sessions.
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I referred to the answer I gave yesterday which I think the hon. Member cannot have read—
§ Viscount HELMSLEY
Having regard to the general interest felt on this question, will the right hon. Gentleman give a day for a Debate upon it this Session?
§ Sir GEORGE YOUNGER
Does the right hon. Gentleman agree in thinking that the Lord Chancellor is doing a service to the Government in placing every possible barrier in the way of the carrying out of the Government's respective declarations?
§ 79. Mr. WEDGWOOD
asked, with reference to the new education policy laid down by the Lord Chancellor, whether the Local Government Board was, or was not, consulted as to the lowering of the initial age of compulsory education; what comments they made on the proposal, if any; and whether the idea of differentiating between children according to the character of their parents originated in his Department?
§ The PRESIDENT of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. Burns)
I am not sure what is the passage in the Lord Chancellor's speech to which my hon. Friend is referring; but I may say that the question of the age for school attendance is not one that specifically concerns the Local Government Board.
§ Mr. WEDGWOOD
May I ask whether the Local Government Board were consulted as to this scheme at all, and what reply they made?
§ 82 Mr. WEDGWOOD
asked the President of the Board of Education whether the new scheme of education outlined by the Lord Chancellor contemplates making all children attend State kindergartens at the age of three, or only those whose mothers are not satisfactory?
§ 85. Mr. R. GWYNNE
asked the President of the Board of Education whether it is the intention of the Government to raise the salary of the President of the Board of Education from £2,000 to £5,000; and, if so, if he is prepared to recommend that the salaries of the Under-Secretary and the Permanent Secretary should also be increased?
§ 88. Mr. WEDGWOOD
asked whether the new education scheme outlined by the Lord Chancellor was prepared in the Education Department after a careful study of the methods adopted in Germany?
§ 89. Sir A. GRIFFITH - BOSCAWEN
asked whether it is proposed in the scheme of education outlined by the Lord Chancellor in his speech at Manchester on 10th January to deal with the religious question in elementary schools; and, if so, whether the new Bill will proceed on the lines of the first, second, third, or fourth Education Bills of the present Government?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)
I must refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Prime Minister yesterday with reference to the intentions of the Government in connection with the scheme of education outlined by the Lord Chancellor.
§ Mr. GWYNNE
Are we to understand then that the announcement which appeared in the "Daily News" was incorrect?
§ Mr. WEDGWOOD
May I ask whether it is the view of the Board of Education that there should be a reduction in the age limit for compulsory education?
§ Sir A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN
Will the right hon. Gentleman answer my question, No. 89; and, if not, can he provide us with an authorised version of the Lord Chancellor's speech?