HC Deb 08 April 1935 vol 300 c797
48. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider the practicability of extending to other Mediterranean colonies and dependencies the far-reaching educational reforms at present being carried through in Cyprus; and whether he will ask the governors and others to report to him on this question?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

It is not necessary for me to consider extending the Cyprus reforms to Malta for the reason that the position already achieved in Malta is considerably in advance of that reached in Cyprus. In 1932, as the right hon. Member will recollect, the important decision was taken that English should be the only language to be taught in the elementary schools in addition to the Maltese vernacular. In Gibraltar the schools are grant-aided but not directly administered by Government. English is taught in all the schools including the elementary schools.


Will the right hon. Gentleman extend his survey to Gibraltar and Palestine?


That is a separate matter.