Sir Henry Craik: Is it not possible to do something which will have a practical result?
Sir Henry Craik: Is it not absolutely necessary that freedom should be left to the teachers?
Sir Henry Craik: Yes, come out on strike, and produce what you admit to be a great calamity.
Sir Henry Craik: You admitted it to be a calamity.
Sir Henry Craik: You admitted that if they had taken away the safety men it would have been, itself, a great calamity.
Sir Henry Craik: I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time." The last discussion showed how difficult it is at this stage to bring out the points we desire to bring out. I only want to raise the question of the assessment of the universities which was brought up in Committee. In the case of Glasgow University, the valuation is something like £10,000, and the assessment for municipal rates would...
Sir Henry Craik: After the assurances of the Lord Advocate, I ask leave to withdraw the Clause.
Sir Henry Craik: Is it not the case that very much greater expense might be involved by the absence of this necessary information?
Sir Henry Craik: I have listened with great attention to all the Debates upon this question, which have, curiously enough, faithfully repeated themselves on each occasion, but there was no greater instance of absolute fidelity of repetition than in the speech which was delivered a. few minutes ago by the late Solicitor-General, who, having brought his charges and made his appeals, did not think it worth while...
Sir Henry Craik: It was in moving the Amendment that the late Solicitor-General especially insisted on this point. I thought it my duty to show that it was a fallacy of the worst type, and a danger to the future of England.
Sir Henry Craik: May I ask whether it is to be understood that there is any party in this House in favour of promotion merely by seniority?
Sir Henry Craik: The subject we are discussing is one in which I have always taken a deep interest, and with regard to which I find myself very largely in agreement with my hon. Colleague in the representation of the Universities, although on certain important points, I am compelled to differ from him, and from many of my Scottish colleagues. We all attach importance to the subject, but as soon as we get the...
Sir Henry Craik: On the registers, but not in average attendance. The numbers have fallen off. Is it proposed that £1,000,000 should be spent on bursaries for some 600,000 children? Where is your expenditure on education going to end if you do not check it, and watch the growth of its over-elaboration, and if you do not soothe people's anxieties? You may arouse— I think I see signs of people being already...
Sir Henry Craik: rose—
Sir Henry Craik: Is it not necessary in the interests of purity of administration that the Civil Service Commissioners should be independent?
Sir Henry Craik: No.
Sir Henry Craik: Although they are financially under the control of the Government, is it not essential in appointing Civil Service Commissioners that they should be absolutely independent of the Government of the day?
Sir Henry Craik: The question which we are now discussing, and which, after all, is not a large one, has strayed into strange directions, such as the vast constitutional power of dispensing with taxation which his opponents seem to accuse the Chancellor of the Exchequer of claiming for himself. The particular question that is now before us seems to me to have assumed exaggerated dimensions in the eyes of some...
Sir Henry Craik: On a point of Order. May I ask, Mr. Speaker, whether it has not been repeatedly laid down, I think sometimes by yourself, that the answer to a question is at the discretion of the Minister, and not of the hon. Member who puts the question?
Sir Henry Craik: Even though it be a different point, may I not have a reply?