HC Deb 26 February 1947 vol 433 cc2236-7

18. "That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £1,321,942, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1947, for public education in Scotland, including certain grants in aid of the Education (Scotland) Fund, and for the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, including a grant in aid."

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution."

12.9 a.m.

Lieut.-Colonel Elliot (Scottish Universities)

These are very large sums, and I think that it would be only fitting and in keeping with the character of our race if we asked for a word or two of explanation from the Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Thomas Fraser)

This rather large sum which we are asking the House to approve for Scottish education, arises in consequence of the additional Vote given by the Ministry of Education for England and Wales. This sum referred to is eleven-eightieths of the sum given by the Ministry of Education.

Lieut.-Colonel Elliot

That is a very succinct precise of the Estimate. Cannot the Joint Under-Secretary of State inform us what it is proposed to do?

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