§ MR. T. E. ELLIS (Merionethshire)
asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, Whether, for many years up to 1862, a grant was made by the Government to the pupil teachers who successfully passed in Welsh or Gaelic, and who taught in schools in Welsh or Gaelic-speaking districts; whether the Scotch Education Code of 1887 allows pupil teachers to obtain marks in Gaelic grammar, translation, and composition, in their admission examination to the Training Colleges, and directs a grant to be made to pupil teachers employed in giving bilingual instruction to Gaelic-speaking children; and, whether the Education Department will add Welsh to the four languages in Schedule V., Section 10, of the Education Code, and direct a grant to be made to pupil teachers employed 834 in giving bi-lingual instruction to Welsh children?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT (Sir WILLIAM HART DYKE) (Kent, Dartford)
A grant was formerly made to certificated teachers under the circumstances de-scribed in the Question; and by the Scotch Code of the present year the customary grant is made in respect of pupil teachers employed for the special purpose of giving bi-lingual instruction, but not required to make up the minimum staff. I am not, however, as at present advised, prepared to make the changes suggested in the last part of the Question.