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Schools Bill: Bitter Disappointment Obituarv

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From Our Own Correspondent


The General Executive Council of the Salford Diocesan C.P.E.A., " profoundly disappointed " with the Education But as it has left the House of Commons, adopted unanimously this resolution when they met at Diocesan House last Saturday:

"That this meeting of the General Executive Council of the Catholic Parents' and Electors' A.ssociat.on of the Salford Diocese, tepresenting 300,000 Catholics, records its ptofound dissattsfaction with the Education Bill as it has left the House ot Commons.

" The Council citnnot subscribe to the praise which has been lavished on the architects of a Bill which gives such increased power. to the Minister ; makes no provision for unsocial assistance for new denominational schools; sweeps away the safeguards of parental rights provided in previous Education Acts; and imposes an unjust and unbearable burden on voluntary schools.

"The Council moreover regrets that vital amendments to the Bill were withdrawn instead of being taken to a division and affirms its intention to continue to press for the removal of the injustices contained in the Billet

The Council directed that the resolution should be forwarded to Mr. Churchill, Mr. Butler, all the Catholic M.P.s, and all the M.P.s whose constituencies are within the diocese.

Comments on the Bill also occupy the majority of a repoet on the progress of the Association since its inception last summer. Extracts from it are: " The Bill had what is known as a good press, so mucb so that Catholic criticism of it was regarded if not exactly sacrilegious, at least as sabotage, but our people refused to he misted by the halo of mass-produced glorification created around the Bill, and in interview and correspondence repeatedly brought their Parliamentary representatives down to what is known in Lancashire as 'brass tacks.'

A DISAPPOINTING RESULT " Immediately the new Bill was introduced into Parliament. a sub-committee of this Council under the direction of his Lordship formulated 18 amendments to the Bill which were sent to

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