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PARLIAMENTARY. MONDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Curzon, inreply to Sir C. Dike, said the negotiations with France with reference to Madagascar were being continued, but as it was a matter of considerable importance it could not be hurried. Earl Compton asked whether the sum of £ 503,000 advanced by the Caisse de la Dette for the Soudan expedition had been already spent, and in that case from what source the current expenses of the expediriun-were being drawn. Mr Curzon said no returns had been received of the amounts so far expended in the Egyptian expedition, but it was not believed that liabilities so large as £ 500,000 would for some time to come be incurred. Asked by Mr C. P. Scott whether he would cause the military censorship on telegrams from the Soudan to be suspended with a view to testing the accuracy of the statement of a special correspondent with regard to the looting of the property of the dervishes and the trium- phant appropriation of thi-ir women by the black troops after the battle of Firket, Mr Curzon said he saw no necessity for the suspension of the censor- ship, and he did not think that the words quoted demanded the construction that appeared to have suggested itself in some quarters. Mr Balfour stated as regarded the future course of business, they would take the Education Biif for the remainder of this week and next, with the excep- tion of the Fridays, on which Supply would be taken. There were a certain number of measures which the Government must pass before the House rose in the middle of August, and he would have to break off the proceedings on the Education Bill in order to give as far as possible time for those measures to pass. Mr Dalziel asked and obtained leave to move the adjournment of the House in order to call attention to the unsatisfactory posi- tion of public business. He said the object was to obtain a little more information than had been given on the state of the business of the House. He urged that there was not sufficient time to pass the Education Bill and all other bills the Govern- ment had introduced before the middie of August. The motion was put from the chair, Mr Bal Tour not rising to reply. Mr Lloyd-George asked whether the Government meant to make no reply. Mr Balfour then said he had .not risen because it" thought the leader of the Opposition would wish to make some observations, when he could have replied to him at, the same time. However lie entirely recognised that before the 12th of August it was not reasonable to expect that they would get all the principal bills and also get through the remaining stages of the Education Bill. The\ would take the Education Bill at a later stage of the present session. He did not say of the present year, nor did he contemplate that in all probability it would be in the preseEtyear that the remainder of the bill would be discussed. But they would adopt and improve upon models set them by their predecessors, and he hoped they would find ample time for discussing what remained to be j discussed of the Education Bill after the present part of the session had terminated. In reply to Mr Dillon, Mr Balfour said he hoped to pass before the House rose in August the Finance Bill, the Light Railways Bill, the Cattle Diseases Bill, and the English Rating Rill. They ought to pass the Scotch and Irish Rating Bills and tl e Uganda Bill, and he believed, if the House set itself to the task, there onght to be time either wholly or very nearly to pass the Irish Land Bill. Sir William Harcourt explained that lie had not risen before because he had felt this discussion ought not to have taken place until they had some information as to what had taken place at the meeting of tho Unionist party that day. He contended that the present state of business was due to the introduction of a revolutionary Education Bill. After some further discussion the motion was negatived without- a division, and the House went into Committee on the Education Bill. TUESDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Carvell Williams asked the Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Euucatinn if lie would explain on what grounds the department had replied to the Noncon- formist parents of 193 children in Hewood who memorialised them for free places in a public elementary school that there were at present 296 free places available in the district in which such children resided, and that therefore there was a sufficient supply of free school accommodation; whether he was aware that 172 of such places were in a Church of England school and 100 in a Roman Catholic school; and whether the Department had decided that the accommodation in such schools was suitable for the children of Nonconformists. Sir J. Gorst replied that the facts were correctly stated, and the answer to the last paragraph was in the affirmative. The House afterwards went into Committee on the Education Bill, resuming the consideration of an amendment moved by Sir J. Lubbock the object of which was that in places where the areas of the School Board aud the county or borough council were conterminous the education authority should be a joint committee of the two, with, the mover of the amendment hoped, some members added to represent the principal educa- tional institutions. At the close of a prolonged debate Mr Balfour moved the closure. The Chair- man accepted the motion, which was carried by 219 votes to 134, and Sir J. Luhbock's amendment was then rejected by 212 votes to 138. i; Uryu mor Jones moved to insert the word may instead of "shall," so that the clause would read every council may appoint an education authority for the I purposes of this Act." This was defeated by 200 votes to 139, and the committee were discussing an amendment proposed by Sir Charles Dilke, to the effect that the county council in appointing an education authority should have due regard to t,he representation of minorities, when progress was reported. WEDNESDAY. The House of Commons, in Committee on the Education Bill, resumed consideration of the amend- ment proposed by Sir Charles Dilke providing that in appointing the education committees the county councils should have due regard to the representa- tion of minorities. Sir John Gorst said the GdVejn- ment entirely sympathised with the object of the amendment, but the plan of the bill was to leave all matters to the discretion of the county councils themselves. Tliore was ouly one exception the Government were inclined to make, and that was in favour of Mr Jebb's amendment suggesting that the county councils should take into considera- tion the inclusion in the education committees of persons not being members of the council, who had special educational knowledge and experience. After lurcher discussion Sir Cnarles Dilke withdrew his amendment. Mr Ather'ey-Joues proposed that- the county or municipal council itself should be the education authority. Sir John Gors", opposed the proposal, which, ho said, was practically a new scheme. Subsequently, in answer to Mr J. Stuart, Sir J. Gorst said that in respect to finance the education committee would be entirely under the county council. The general committee could be best illustrated by saying that it was intended to have the same pDsition iu relation to the county council that the watch committee in a municipal borough had with regard to the municipal council, Mr Asquith declared unhesitatingly that the commit tee must be subordinate to the elected j representatives of the ratepayers, and that they were not going to intrust the powers given under rhe bill to a. body that was to a large extent co-opted. 8ir W. Harcourt aud MrAclaud followed to the same effect. Mr Balfour said that if members desired at a later sta^e to introduce any terms as to the education eommmittee reporting to the county council they cuuld do so. Ou a division the amend- rneiit was dof ated b; 293 votes to 118- The dis- cussiun was then adjourned. THURSDAY. Asked by Mr T. Bay ley in the House of Commons on ursday if he could furnish the number of natives shot and hanged as spies in Bula.vayo and the neighbourhood, and whether any form of trial took place before the execution, Mr Cham- I berlain said he was unable to say. He had, how- ever, no doubr that any spies taken were tried by some form of court-martial. A itt]e later, while answering a question put by Mr H. 1 Roberts, Mr Chamberlain said he had received I a telegram staling that Sir F. Carrington had issued a general order in which he directed that during the continuance of hostilities elemenev wan to be shown to the wounded, that womeli wan to he shown to the wounded, that womeli and children were not. to be injured, and that prisoners were to be taken wherever possible. Mr G. Curzon, replying to Mr J. Ellis, said the British Consul in Crete had reported that three churches had been desecrated by Turkish soldiers. The representatives of the Great Powers were in constant communication, and their combined efforts were oeing energetically directed to induce the Turkish Government to take steps of a conciliatory ¡ character with a view to restoring order and pre- venting further conflicts." In answer to Mr S. Smith, who asked whether it was true that Venezuelan soldiers had invaded British Guiana, Mr Chamberlain said the Government had received a telegram stating that some Venezuelan soldiers had crossed the boundary and had interfered with the proceedings of a body of English officials who were surveying a road.— I Tne House again went into Committee on the Education Bill. Mr. J. Stuart moved an amend- ment with the object of excluding elementary education from the purview of the proposed auth- ority. In the course of the (it bite Sir W. Harcourt said there was a great pait of the Bill which the Opposition were quite willing to join with the Government in passing. They were desirous that there -should be established a g-od system of secondary education, and with regard to the general objects and principles of that part of the Bill they desired to help the Government. With regard to elementary education, so far as the proposals to assist Voluntary schools and to secure attendance were concerned, although they might differ as to details, they did not differ in substance with the ob- ject the Government had in view. The question on which they were absolutely and entirely at issue with the Government was the necessity for creating a new education authority, and the particular authority created by the first clause. Such an authority as that proposed was not only unneces- sary for elemeutary education, but was an inferior machine to that in existence, and would create friction. Sir J. Gorst reminded the committee that in introducing the Bill he said that the new authority would not in-terfere with existing School Boards, and added that anything inconsistent with the principle that the education authority created under the Bill should" supplement and not sup- plant such existing organisations for educational purposes as for the time being supply efficient instrnction" would be struck out of the Bill. Sir W. Harcourt hoped that declaration might cross the river to Lamiieth^ aud that it. might bo under- stood there that all notions of checking School Boards and creating new authorities which were to restrain expenditure and also efficiency were at an end. — ♦


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