§ 83. Mr. C. BATHURST
asked whether the Bill providing for a national scheme of education will be introduced before Easter; and whether such Bill will be a purely educational measure or whether it will deal also with matters of religious controversy?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)
I am unable to make any statement as to the date at which the Bill will be introduced, or as to its scope. But I may refer the hon. Member to the statement which I made on 22nd July last in this House, and remind him that the King's Speech contained an announcement that the proposals there outlined would be the subject of a Bill this Session.
§ Mr. BATHURST
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the local education authorities throughout the kingdom are intensely desirous of having a real Educational Bill and not a religious-squabbles Bill?
§ Lord ROBERT CECIL
On that answer, which was rather imperfectly heard owing to a dispute taking place on the Labour Benches—[Interruption.]
§ Mr. SPEAKER
If the Noble Lord puts an introduction of that sort to his question, it naturally leads to disturbance. He had perhaps better put his question down.