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HOUSE OF COMMONS. The report of the resolution passed in Com- mittee in reference to the aid grant to Volun- tary schools was read and considered. Mr. Asquith said he made no apology for inviting tho "House at this stage to review the conclusions arrived at by the Committee, and to decline to assent to the report in which those conclusions wer* embodied. The. first and main ground on which he asked the House to decline to agree with the resolution was that the money to be granted was to be applied, not to the equal and impartial relief of necessitous schools as a class, but to the preferential relief of a particular category of schools. There had been no adequate explana- tion of the increase of the proposed grant from 4s. per head to 5s., except that it was intended as a solatium for not getting the grant this year. He contended that the 5s. was a bogus sum, and that it had no real relation to the actual facts of the case. The Opposition took their stand not upon any unwillingness to make good the admitted defects in the educa- tional system, whether in Voluntary or Board Schools, but upon the fact that the resolution introduced the principle of invidious discrimi- nation, which was entirely opposed to the statutory equality that had hitherto pre. valled, and that it provided machinery for the distri- bution of public money which offered no ade- quate security that the intentions of Parlia- ment would be carried out and the. the money of the taxpayer would not be squandered. Mr. Balfour said it had been asserted that in framing the resolution the Government had been guilty of a somewhat too clever trick in order to obviate legitimate discussion. The resolution had been framed in accordance with all Parliamentary practice and tradition. The Government had no intention of excluding any one. The terms of the resolution were settled by the officers of the House, over whom he had not the slightest control, and if any question had hitherto been excluded the fault lay in the methods of the House. He had been asked why the Government now proposed a grant of 5s. instead of 4s. The amount which the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave to an object was not usually determined by the value of the object, but must be largely determined by the resources of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. When he knew that the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer could give him 5s. per head—and that was not a penny too much for the necessities of the case-then he dismissed from his mind previous anxieties as to the precise date at which the bill should become law, for lie felt that the Government had amply redeemed its pledge. Mr. J. H. Johnstone, a Conservative mem- ber, said he deeply regretted that the Govern- ment had not found it possible to introduce concurrently with the present proposals their scheme for relieving the necessitous Board Schools. Sir W. Harcourt said the Opposition took their stand on the compromise of 1870. That settlement had worked with great advantage to the country. Up to this time, the principle of statutory equality had been strictly adhered to, but the present bill was a flagrant violation of that principle, inasmuch as it was about to give a great grant of money from the public Exchequer, but it was to be given to one class of schools and nob to the other. The failure of the bill of last year was due to the general feeling that it was intended or would have operated as a measure hostile to school boards, and the fate of the bill was sealed. The Liberal opposition to the present grant was based on the same ground, not because it favoured the Voluntary schools, but because in its operation it was intended relatively to depress the Board Schools.

. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH.

11 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.

. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH.

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. DEATH OF THE REV. E. DAVIES,…

HOUSE OF COMMONS.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH.

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