§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether the Secretary for Scotland has received a memorial from the Stornoway Burgh Commissioners pointing out that under the Education (Scotland) Bill now before Parliament moneys which are now applied in relief of the rates will be used for the purpose of secondary education; and will he state what steps he proposes to take in regard to the Commissioners' suggestion that the Congested Districts Board should be empowered to apply a portion of the moneys at its disposal to the purposes of secondary education, so that congested areas, such as the parish of Stornoway and Island of Lewis, where the rates are higher than in other districts in Scotland, may be relieved of the increased burdens imposed by the Bill.
§ *MR. A. GRAHAM MURRAY
The Secretary for Scotland has received the memorial containing the suggestion for an Amendment to the Education Bill referred to by the hon. Member. It appears, however, to his Lordship that, apart from the merits of the proposal, it is not one which could readily be inserted in the Education Bill, but would require separate legislation, which he is not at this period of the session prepared to initiate.