§ Mr. CARR-GOMM
asked the President of the Board of Education why art students who do not attend technical schools or schools of art aided by the Board of Education are prohibited from sending in works for the national competition; whether the Board refused a work submitted by a student in March last who was working at a well-known technical school solely on this ground; and whether they will revise their rules immediately so as to include the work of any British subject whether working in a State-aided institution or not?
§ Mr. J. A. PEASE
The facts are as indicated in the question. The rule, which is of long standing, is due to the origin of the national competition in a desire to afford encouragement to students in State-aided schools. I have the whole question of the reform of the national competition under consideration, but I am not prepared at short notice to make the alteration the hon. Member suggests.