HL Deb 21 July 1905 vol 150 cc464-5

My Lords, I am anxious to ask the noble Marquess the Secretary for Scotland a Question of which I have given him private notice In the earlier portion of the session it was proposed to deal with the question of Scottish Training Colleges by means of a Minute of the Education Department. That idea was dropped at the time on account of the introduction of the Education (Scotland) Bill, which was thought to be a better and more convenient method of dealing with the subject. I am afraid the Education (Scotland) Bill has now gone the way that Bills too often go at this time of the session, and I would now like to ask my noble friend whether he proposes to proceed with the Minute of the Scottish Education Department. I may say that if he does, it would meet, if not with universal, at any rate with general, assent.


My Lords, I am afraid I must agree with my noble friend that there is very little chance of the Education (Scotland) Bill coming before your Lordships this session, although it has not as yet been formally withdrawn. Under those circumstances I propose that the Training College Minute to which my noble friend has referred should be put into operation as soon as convenient, as it has already been made the subject of discussion in another place.