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WALE5 IN PARLIAMENT. The Central Education Committee appointed by the Conference at Bala on the 2nd instant for the purpose of making arrangements for the collection of funds and of taking all other necessary steps in connection with the educa- tion campaign in Wales will meet at the Raven Hotel, Shrewsbury, at 2 p.m., on Thursday, the 18th instant. In view of the importance of the questions to be there considered and decided Mr. Herbert Roberts, who acts as convener, strongly urges the attendance of all the members. The Committee will proceed to elect a president, treasurer, and permanent secretary. We go to press just when a meeting of the Welsh Liberal members is being held for the purpose of considering the question of con- veying to Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman by means of a deputation the special claims of Wales in regard to future licensing legislation. We understand that resolutions have recently been passed by the Executive of the North and South Wales temperance associations upon this subject, and that they will be submitted to the meeting. The Welsh members have no reason to doubt that the Liberal leaders are fully aware of the exceptional strength of temperance sentiment in Wales, but it is felt that this fact should be emphasised at the present moment, and that the general lines upon which a solution of this question would be satisfactory to the Welsh people should be indicated to those who will be responsible for licensing legislation in the next Parliament. The deputation, if it is decided upon, will probably be received by the Liberal leader in the course of the next fortnight. The desirability of furthering temperance reform is admitted, but it is a matter for con- sideration whether the Welsh Party should not also take steps to ascertain the views of the Liberal leaders on other questions of import- ance to Wales, such as the extension of Local self-government, Welsh Disestablishment, Educa- tion, and Land Tenure. The relation of the Welsh party to the coming Liberal Government, as Mr. Ellis Griffith and other Welsh members have repeatedly pointed out, is one of supreme importance to Wales. The discussion on the Education (Scotland) Bill, which one member described as "in- describably dull," has very little attraction for Welsh members, and the great majority of them were conspicuous by their absence. Wales, however, were not quite silent on the question, for Mr. Frank Edwards, recognising the possible connection between the two systems of educa- tion- the Welsh and the Scottish,—delivered a short but effective speech in eulogy of some of the provisions of the Bill, which he would gladly see extended to elementary schools in the Principality.





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