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New Legislation for Scotland.

Under date July 19, the London correspondent of the ' Argus' reports that the Government, having decided to go on with only one of the Irish drainage schemes, narrowlv escaped defeat on Friday night; butthe'Billhasnow gono to a committee, and it is doubtful, spite of all, whether it will reappear in the House again this year. The free education clauses- are, however, to be re-cast on the report stage. The Scottish Local Government Bill was got through committee on Friday night. The Government have surrendered almost everything that the Scottish Radicals wanted on this matter. The total amount of the grant for the probate duty, originally fixed at L 170.000 a year (which was enough to free tho three lower or the three higher standards in the Scotch schools), has been increased to L 240.000 a year—enough, that is, to free all the five compulsory standards. So that henceforward in Scotland a child will go to school for nothing until he enters the sixth standard. But this last is not compulsory (a child who has passed the fifth standard may leave school), and it seems only reasonable to conclude that as it will bo the only etandard which must be paid for elementary education in Scotland will henceforward practically come to a closo at the end of tho fifth standard. But all the 3ame Scotland has made a great coup. Tho thin end of the wedge has disappeared, and tho wedge lias gone in altogether. Tho Government profess that there is strong reason why the system now practically set up in Scotland should not bo extended to England and Ireland, but nobody else sees it, and we may bo sure that tho day of general free education in these islands is fast approaching. The House of Lords threaten to destroy the free education clauses of the Scotch Local Government Bill, but wo have little faith in tho menace. The Government will tell them that thoy must not touch " money " clauses. One thing which the Government hnvo done on the Scotch Local Government 35111 commands wide appreciation. They havo made it absolutely clear that no woman shall sit on a county board. In London, spite of the decision of the Queen's Bench against tho claimß of women, Mis 3 Conns still attends tho County Council as an "alderman," and Miss Jane Cobden as an elected councillor. Nobody will go to tho expense ol ejecting them, and so (as the chairman will not permit them to vote) they insist upon disfranchising their constituencies.

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New Legislation for Scotland., Evening Star, Issue 8011, 13 September 1889

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New Legislation for Scotland. Evening Star, Issue 8011, 13 September 1889