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HOUSE OF COMMONS. Sir J. Gorst, answering Mr. Carvell Wil- liams, said his attention had been called to the fact that the school attendance committee at Heywood had summoned for non-attendance at school 57 parents of children who were formerly scholars in the lately closed United Methodist Free Church School, and that the Heywood Town Council had for the third time resolved to apply to the Department to order a School B)aId to be formed. The question of forming a School Board was still under consideration, but even if a board was formed it could not build a new school unless there was a deficiency of school accommodation, which at present there was not. Mr. Balfour, replying to Mr. Herbert Lewis and Mr. Channing, said the money for the administrative work of the associations to be formed under the Voluntary Schools Bill would not be provided out of the aid grant, but would have to be found by the associations themselves or those interested in the prosperity of Volun- tary schools. The aid grant could not be diverted from the purpose for which it was intended. Answering Mr. J. Lowther, the Attornep General said he had seen the statements an- nounc lUg: that subscription lists had been opened in England for the purpose of equipping volunteers to proceed to Greece, and that many had already been enrolled. The facts, he be- lieved, were not disputed, but they did not show any breach of the law. In reply to Mr. MacNeill. Mr, Curzon said the appointment of Nazim Pasha, the Minister of Police during the massacres at Constanti- nople, to the Governor Generalship of the province of Beyrout had been confirmed. After consulting the British Ambassador at Constan- tinople, the Government had come to the con- clusion that there were not sufficient grounds for protesting against the appointment. .Mr. Curzon, in answer to Mr. Dillon, said the British Consul at Canea had reported that the former Greek Vice Consul, who no longer held any official character, was residing in the Greek Consulate at Canea with certain cor- respondents, and that all* of them had inter- views and were in correspondence with the insurgents- On the 8th inst. the Admirals 5 invited' the inmates of the Consulate to leave for Greece the next day. They eventually left on a Greek man-of-war uuder protest. Mr. Curzon, replying to Mr. Leigh, said the presence of a foreign representative at public meetings at which the policy of the Govern- ment to which he was accredited was discussed was unusual and scarcely decorous, but no positive rule against it was known to exist, provided the representative did not actively interfeie in a manner affecting the internal politics of the country. Answering Mr. J. Lowther, Mr. Curzon said the commanders of the ships that had been sent to different parts of Crete were instructed to distribute proclamations to the effect that the Great Powers had assumed responsibility for the futnre of the island. Antonomy, he added, meant in the case of Crete that io wonld in no case revert to the rule of the Sultan. Mr. Balfour informed Sir W. Harcourt that no answer had been made to the reply received from the Government of Greece on March 8 and March 10. The matter was under considertion of the Powers. The House went into Committee on the Voluntary Schools Bill, resuming the considera- tion of section L, the earlier part of which re- lates to the constitution of the proposed asso- ciations. Mr. Lloyd Morgan proposed that the parents of the scholars using the schools should be represented on the associations. The amendment was opposed by Mr. Balfour, and was rejected by 250 votes to 108. Mr. Perks moved an amendment with the object of securing for the teachers of the ele- mentary schools some share in the constitu- tion of the governing bodies. This was re- jected by 266 votes to 126. Mr. Ellis Griffith moved that the governing bodies of the associations should consist as to not less than one-half, of persons not clerks in holy orders. The discussion was closured, and the amend- ment was then rejected by 225 votes to 87. Mr. Balfour then moved to closure the next two words of the sub-section—' as are,'—the effect being to shut out a number of amend- ments. The closure was carried, and the words were agreed to. Mr. Asquith moved an amendment to pro- vide that the form of the governing bodies should be prescribed by schemes made by the Education Department and published and laid before Parliament. The discussion on the amendment was jlosured, and the amendment was rejected by 256 votes to 103. Mr. Balfour then moved that the three following lines stand part of the bill. The proposal to put the question was agreed to by 256 votes to 102, and the motion to agree io the adoption of the lines was carried by 260 votes to 97. Mr. Balfour gave notice that during the remainder of the Committee stage the twelve o'clock rule would be suspended. b






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