HC Deb 21 May 1931 vol 252 c2195
49. Mr. SCOTT

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Committee of Council on Education in Scotland have held any meetings for the year 1030–31 and, if so, how many, and the dates on which they were held; and whether he is prepared to recommend the reconstitution of that committee so as to secure regular meetings and constant supervision of the administration of education in Scotland?


The answer to both parts of the question is in the negative. It has been judicially decided that the Scottish Education Department may, ii they think fit, competently leave the general conduct of their business to their Secretary acting by and under the direction and authority of the Vice-President. This is the usual practice, and my right hon. Friend sees no ground for interfering with the existing method of administration.


Will the right hop. Gentleman say what is the use of retaining this committee, which never meets and apparently is performing no functions?