HC Deb 24 May 1911 vol 26 c412W

asked the Lord Advocate who are the members of the Privy Council responsible for education in Scotland; how many meetings have that committee had since December, 1905, when this Government came into office; and whether, if no meetings are ever held, the regulations and circulars issued in the name of that committee of the Privy Council can in future be issued in the name of the Secretary for Scotland?


The members of the Committee of Council on Education in Scotland are the Lord President of the Council, the Secretary for Scotland (Vice-President), the Right Honourable Lord Shaw, the First Lord of the Treasury, the Secretary of State for War, the Lord Advocate, the Right Honourable the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, and the Right Honourable Lord Reay. With regard to the remainder of the question, it is contrary to precedent and practice to give such particulars as to meetings of any Committee of the Privy Council. As regards the hon. Member's reference to the Secretary for Scotland, the Secretary for Scotland is the Minister responsible to Parliament for all that is done in the name of the Committee of the Privy Council referred to, and his position in reference to that Committee is precisely the same as that of any other responsible Minister towards the Departmental Board of which he is the Parliamentary head.