HC Deb 26 November 1917 vol 99 cc1635-6
46. Mr. LYNCH

asked the Prime Minister whether arrangements will be made to pass into law the Education Bill as soon as possible; and whether meanwhile he will take steps to meet the superior educational problem by which such a curriculum of scientific studies may be prepared and such means taken to link these in close association with the actual or possible industrial enterprise of the country, so that no artificial walls against competing nations, such as Germany, will be necessary?


The Prime Minister has asked me to answer this question. The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part of the question, I would remind the hon. Member that a Government Committee is at present inquiring into the position of the teaching of science in the educational system of Great Britain, particularly in secondary Schools and universities, regard being had, inter alia, to the interests of the trades, industries and professions which particularly depend upon applied science.


Can the right hon. Gentleman hold out any hope that the Second Reading Of the Bill will be taken during this Session?


The Bill will be taken with as little delay as possible.


As the second part is still pending, may I ask if the right hon. Gentleman will use his influence in the direction suggested by this question as these are matters on which the rise and fall of nations depend?