HC Deb 18 December 1916 vol 88 cc1123-4
58. Mr. BOLAND

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give facilities for the discussion of the Motion standing in the name of the hon. Member for South Kerry with reference to the new rules and examination time-table of the Intermediate Education Board for Ireland; and whether he is aware that unless such facilities are given on some evening at the close of public business within the present week the Intermediate Education Board will be enabled to destroy the system of science teaching which has been in force for the last fifteen years, by enforcing a new system of written examination for science, against which all educational bodies in Ireland have protested?


It is impossible for the Government to give facilities for this Motion at the present stage of business.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these rules were only laid on the Table of the House on Thursday, and that I gave notice immediately, and that if this House adjourns for 30 days-the rules cannot be dealt with by the House of Commons?


It will be possible for the hon. Member to raise the matter on the Motion for the Adjournment any evening. I think that will be the most convenient course.


Would it not be better, under the circumstances, for the Government to give every encouragement to the science teaching instead of throwing obstacles in the way?


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the desirability of throwing these rules into the waste-paper basket?