HC Deb 20 December 1916 vol 88 cc1456-7
70. Mr. KING

asked the Prime Minister whether the appointment of the President of the Board of Education has been made subject to Mr. H. A. L. Fisher becoming a Member of this House and on the understanding that Mr. Fisher will retain for the present his position at Sheffield, and retire from Parliament and return to Sheffield when the present Ministry comes to an end?


Mr. Fisher felt—and I may say that I entirely share his view—that it would not be proper for the President of the Board of Education to retain any official connection with an institution which receives grants from the Board. He has therefore resigned.


Does that mean he has resigned, not only for the period of the War, but absolutely?


As far as I know, his resignation is absolute, but I presume that will not prevent his going back.