HL Deb 09 June 1882 vol 270 cc627-8

who had on the Paper a Notice to call attention to the Letter from the Education Department of the 23rd May 1882 ordering the establishment of a board school for the Willesden district, wished to explain that he intended to postpone the matter till Tuesday next at the request of the noble Lord (the Lord Privy Seal), as he had not had time to inquire into the facts. He did so with regret, and wished that the consultation between the noble Lord and the Inspector had been held before the Order, which could not now be cancelled, had been issued. The case was one which well deserved the attention of Her Majesty's Government and the House.


said, he felt obliged to the noble Earl for postponing the Question at his request. He had done his best to obtain full and satisfactory information, but had not quite succeeded during that day; and, therefore, he was unable to give a satisfactory reply to the noble Earl. He was not at the Council Office at the time when the Order was made, and, therefore, he had no opportunity of knowing personally what took place.


I should like to ask the noble Earl the Leader of the House, whether there is any intention on the part of the Government to fill up the Office of Lord President of the Council?


in reply, said, that the Office was not vacant; but if it had been, and his noble Friend near him or any other persons had been appointed to it, he could not have had any personal knowledge of this Order, as it was settled by his noble Friend (Earl Spencer).