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DENBIGHSHIRE EDUCATION COMMITTEE. KEEN COMPETITION FOR HEAD TEACHERSHIPS. ICOMPLAINTS AS TO SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. ONE PER CENT. DECREASE MEANS C500 LOSS TO THE COUNTY, (From Our Reporter), A meeting of the Denbighshire Education Com- fuit tee ivas held on Friday at Chester. Mr W. G. DuolJ presided, and there were also present: Miss Gee, Mrs Parker Davies, Colonel Sandbach, Rev. Thomas Lloyd, Professor Lloyd, Messrs F. A. Sturge, Geo. Cromar, W. J. Williams, J, R. Williams, Gomer Roberts, Ed. Allen, Jas Dar- ting-ton, J. Wilcoxon, W. Griffiths, Bennett Jones, Christmas Jones, D. S. Davits, John Allen, W. E. Samuels, J. Stephen Jones, R. H. Jones, E. X; Parrv. J. D. Jones; the clerks, Messrs Evans and Roberts; tQgther with the organiser (Mr J. C. DaviCf^. APPOINTMENT OF HEAD TEACHERS. With reference to the appointment of several head teachers, Mr D. S. Davies (chairman of the Staff and Supply Committee) said the Staff Com- jmittee had passed a resolution to the effect that in future all canvassing directly, or indirectly, would be a disqualiifcation, and a condition to that effect would be inserted in the advertise- ments. It was felt by many of the committee that this would relieve them of a great deal of unnecessary labour, and at the same time would '.an:' the candidates trouble. It was not necessary for those seeking positions under the committee to send copies of their applications and testimonials to the members as that was done by the clerk, and candidates could be assured that their qualifications would be well considered. AgaLn it should be pointed out that there was an objection to testimonials from members of the committee being sent in, as it was found that some of the testimonials referred to other posts. .Natural!? no member of the committee would think of giving a. testimonial to a candidate for an appointment upon which he would have to yote. Professor LLOYD agreed, and said he hoped the applications and testimonials would be sent out in good time, so as to give members a fair chance of considering them. It was not right th.7.t, ropics should only be sent out a day before, the appointment, as had been the case with some on that occasion. AMUSING ANSWERS. The candidates were then called into the room teparutely, and interrogated as to their qualifica- tions. One question put to each was as to what %>ecial feature lie. or she would bring into the fchool if appointed. The question seemed to nonplus for a time some Stf the candidates, and some of the answers were rather amusing. The idea of cottage gardening appeared to appeal to the majority, but the Successful applicant from the Penycae district greatly amused the committee by informing Miss Gee that both he and his wife loved gardening, and that he would "like if she would come and! his strawberries." Mr CHRISTMAS JONES: But have you any preani there? The APPLICANT: I should like gentlemen to fcrinj; their own cream (much laughter). Another candidate said the special features he would introduce would depend on the require- ments of the district, as it would not do to in- struct the boys in mining matters in a purely 1 Agricultural district, and the boys who would be- eome miners did not want to know how to incisure fields and roads, haystacks, and 30 forth. Another candidate said he would make in spec ial feature of teaching the three R's, as he felt that those subjects suffered through the too- plose an application to other subjects. The lady candidates favoured nature study for >the most part, but one said that domestic matters wouU appeal to her, and a third remarked that she considered thorough instruction in sewing Was essential for girls. Mr HUMPHREYS, Penycae, who was ap- pointed to the new Council School at Penycae, at a salary of JB140 per annum, said he wished to leave the old school as he was sure that when the new one was opened most of his pupils would CO there. When he went first to Penycae, 21 a/jo, he did not know a word of Welsh, ut he had learnt it from books, and now re- ^rulariy taught it (hear, hear). The GH KIRMAN stated that 310 inhabitants in the fcijfcae district had presented a petition asking the committee to appoint Mr Humphreys to the new school, as he had faithfully served the idistric-t for 21 years. NEW APPOINTMENTS The following appointments were also made:— Gwersvfit School, Mr J. H. Williams, Gwersyllt, £ 150; Pentre Dwr School, Mr Llew. Roberts, Cefn Mawr, £ 100; Tanyfron School, Mr Robert Ellis, Rhos, £ 100; and Miss Gwen E. Jones, Penarth, L95. RUTHIN SCHOOL. It was reported that the Board of Education had decided that they could not extend their recognition of Mr R. H. Williams as a provisional assistant, as his period under the Code terminated that dav. The committee decided to retain Mr Williams' > Services on the staff until the end of April next. COLWYN BAY HANDICRAFT CENTRE. On the recommendation of the district managers '♦he salary of Mr Conchar, the manual instructor i in the. Colwyn Bay Centre, was increased to B45 j lper annum. GLAN CONWAY CHURCH SCHOOL. In reply to a request from the Bylchau Non- Provided School it was decided to defer the oon- eideratioa of increasing the staff until after the. ew school at Tanyfron is opened. As regards a letter from the Board of Educa- fcion requesting that the staff at the Gianconway Church School be strengthened a letter was directed to be sent stating that the staff more than satisfied the requirements of the Code. RUTHIN COOKERY CLASSES: A COM- PLAINT. The Staff and Supply Committee reported the Receipt of the following letter from the Board of education as to Ruthin School: "I am directed to return the enclosed plan, fcnd to state that these premises are approved "for the current special subjects year, ending 5~?t\ ►July next. I am, however, to state that H.M. Jtnspector (Miss Sillitoe), reports that the room is small, cold, and rather damp, but she is of opinion that these defects can be remedied with- out involving your authority in much expense. She suggests that the organiser of eduction should meet her at the centre for the purpose of dis- cussing remedial measures, and adds that any day during the week commencing on the 18th insta.nt will be convenient to her for this pur- pose." The ORGANISER reported that he had had an interview with Miss Sillitoe, with regard to the matter, and that he had been with her to •eo the two rooms in the Old Grammar School fcuildings which the committee proposed to rent for the purpose of a handicraft and cookery Centre, and that these two rooms appeared to meet with the approval of H.M. Inspector. He also reported that he had written to the secretary Of the trustaes of the Old Grammar School build- ings asking the terms upon which the trustees would let the committee have the use of the two rooms in question, but had received no re- ply. it was resolved (1) that the Board of Education bo informed that the committee are now in negotiation for the acquisition of more suitable premises in the town for the purposes of a cookery centre, and that in the meantime the Board be asked to continue their recognition of the present centre until the end of December, 1908; (2) that the organiser be instructed to write to the trustees of the Old Grammar School buildings, Ruthin, for a reply to his letter. INFANT SCHOOL APPOINTMENT. It was resolved to appoint Miss M. Davies. of Bronfallen, as supplementary teacher for the Ruthin Infants School, and Miss Tregonning as a temporary teacher to the Colwyn Bay Infanta' Department. Miss Jennie Williams was trans- ferred from Llanrwst Infants to the Dinmael Council School, and Miss Olwen Williams was "appointed as supplementary teacher at Llanrwst Infants. MUCH ADO ABOUT GAS AT ABERGELE. It was reported with regard to a complaint by the committee that the charge for gas and cook- ing utensils in the Abergele Cookery Centre was excessive. Mr E. A. Crabbe, clerk to the Aber- gele Governors, replied stating "that the governors had carefully considered the question of charges, and they fail to see upon what grounds your committee consider it excessive. I may say that the charge for gas in this district is 5s 5d per 1000 cubic feet, and the coal is at the rate pf 159 and 18s 4d per ton. In the charge of 107 per term is included, also, a payment of the bua-staker for extra labour entailed by the classes. Wjr governors entirely fail to understand the But paragraph of your letter, when you state that loweptional consideration haa been shown to Aber- gele in the past. I must point out to your Iflwnnattea that for several years Abergele School gwvivw only £ 350 annual grant, and have never >roiKirt» recovered the effect of receiving such ft small grant at a time when their expenses were necessarily great. They do not know of any reason why they should forego their reasonable claim against the Cuunty Education Authority as submitted." The committee resolved "That the organiser report to the next meeting as to what is paid to the governors of the Ruthin County School for coal, gas, and the use of utensils in respect of the centre held at that school." DEPUTATION OF TEACHERS DECLINED AN INTERVIEW. I It was recorded in the Staff and Supply Com- mittee's minutes that a letter- had been received from Mr E. J. Roberts, hon. secretary to the Denbigh County Association of Teachers, suggest. ing that the committee received a deputation with regard to the scale of salaries. It had been decided to reply "that the committee regret they cannot reconsider the matter at present." PUPIL TEACHERS FOR COLWYN BAY. Out of four pupil teachers recommended for appointment by the Colwyn Bay District Man- agers, it was decided to appoint only two, name- ly, Miss Giadwys Whitehouse and Miss Hilda Griffiths. WHAT LOW ATTENDANCE MEANS TO THE COUNTY. The report of the School Attendance Com- mittee was presented, from which it appeared that in the Colwyn Day district the attendance from January 1st to June 30th was 91 per cent.; in Denbigh, 91; Llanrwst, 87; and Ruthin, 87. Mr STEPHEN JONES said he had to move the adoption of the report, which was certainly not very encouraging, as the attendance for the whole county worked out at an average of 87 per cent., whereas in the corresponding period last year it was 88. Instead of increasing they were decreasing, and the decrease of one per cent. meant a loss of JE500 to the county, which would have to be made up by the ratepayers. There were certain causes for the decrease, for in the earlier months of the year they had bad weather and epidemics, but still he did not think that that accounted for all. He was afraid that the local managers took very little interest in the school, and seeing that the question was a financial one a little more energy was requirecR It had to be remembered that the county had no means of recouping the loss through the de- creased attendance, and he had to say that he did not think the teachers now took the same in- terest in the attendance that they used to do three years ago. It did not seem to matter to some whether the children were in school or not. lie hoped there would be some more energy displayed all round. The Rev. THOS. LLOYD said he noticed with pleasure that Colwyn Bay district headed the list for the whole county, and that was largely due to the excellent work of the attendance officer, for whom he had time after time tried to obtain justice owing to the fact that he had to live in the most expensive part of the county, and yet did not have more salary. It was recognised that it cost something like 15 per cent. more for an officer to live in Colwyn Bay than in Wrexham. Mr CROMAR thought there would be more interest taken in the attendance if the officers attended the committee meetings. The Rev. THOS. LLOYD said they never had a meeting in Colwyn Bay but that the officers were present. Mr CROMAR was afraid it was not so else- where. The report was then adopted. INCREASED ACCOMMODATION AT OLD COLWYN, Correspondence was reported to have passed between the Colwyn Bay Managers, the Board of Education and the committtee as to the over- crowding at the Old Colwyn Council School. The Board of Education wrote that if the proposed building was to be used for infants it was generally suitable for temporary purposes, but certain alterations suggested were required, and these were ordered to be carried out, but a re- quest by the headmaster to renovate the school during the vacation was not entertained, as the committee considered it was impracticable. ST. GEORGE CHURCH SCHOOL. WT itli regard to correspondence with the man- I agers of this school, it was decided to ask them to forward the plans and specifications to the committee of the improvements approved to be carried out, in order that the surveyor and architect might say whether the work had been caried out, and if the managers declined to part with the plans they were asked to grant facilities for an inspection of them. DENBIGII HANDICRAFT CENTRE. It was resolved to give instructions for the preparation of plans for a manual instruction room at the Denbigh County School. OOIiWYN BAY INFAN'I:S' HOOL AND TRESPASSERS. Correspondence was reported to have taken plaoe respecting persons trespassing through the Colwyn Bay infants' school yard, and the County Architect was directed to take the mat- ter up with a view to getting the ^e.rmi.ision ot tlbØ Urban District Council so divert the chil- dren's entrance from the corner of the school yard to the top of the adjoining road, and to close the present entrance as well as raising tho wall. PROPOSED SCHOOL AT RIIYDYFOEL. The Buildings Committee reported the re- ceipt of a resolution passed at a meeting of the householders of Rhydyfoei, Abergolo, on the 13th July, calling the attention of the Local Education Authority to the necessity for & day school at Rhydyfoei, and applying that a day aohoo! be provided. The Secretaries stated that a copy of the re- solution had been handed to the organiser to bring before the Attendance Committee, and that in consequence the consideration of the subject, had been deferred until after the report of the Attendance Committee is presented. COLONEL SANDBACH AND FIGURE- HEAD MANAGERS. Dealing with the report of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, Mr Wilooxson called attention to the resolution passed with regard to claims for the annual grant. The report was as follows:—"The Secretaries re- ported that in regard to several claims recently examined it was found that—Firstly, Form IX. had disclosed the fact that the managers of a numbar of the Non-Provided Schools had not held the number of meetings required by the Education Act, 1902; secondly, in a number of both Non-Provided and Council Schools the registers had not been tested in accordance with t;bo requirements of the school code." It was stated that the non-observance of these regula- tions and requirements led to considerable de- lay in the payment of the grant, and that in some cases payment of the fuil grant was im- perilled." It was resolved "(I) That in the case of Non-Provided School.; if the managers have failed to hold the required number of meet- ings, or to test the registers, as required by the Code, and delay in tho payment of the grant is caused thereby, the salaries of the teachers in those sohools be withheld until the grant is paid, and that such teachers be informed why the Local Education Authority have been forced to take such action; (2) That the question of test- ing the school registers be referred to the At- tendance Committee." Col. SANDBACH said he desired to inform the committee, as one of the delinquent mana- gers, that if the committee made up its mind not to give them any work of a kind they could do they oould not ihelp matters. They had nothing whatever to do except to sign Form No. 9 and to test the registers. He declined to call half-a-dozen ladies and gentlemen together simply for them to look at each other. He proposed that in future the salaries of teachers in Non-Provided Schools be paid through the local managers. Mr DARLINGTON seconded, and said that the local managers had been absolutely ignored since that committee came into existence, and all that was done was to throw dirt at the managers of the Non-Provided Schools ("No, no"). They had nothing to induce them. to take an interest in the schools, and were not even asked to look after the attendance. The only ohanoe they had had was to act with the grouped scihool managers, and he did not see why powers should not be delegated to the local managers if they were intended to be of ser- vice. Mr D. S. DAVIES submitted that Colonel Sandbach's motion was out of order. The CHAIRMAN said he could not say that it was out of order, but he believed that they had saved money by dealing with the teachers from the central office, as their salaries were sent direct to them. The gentlemen who were com- plaining of the expenses were the first to sug- gest changes which would mean additional ex- penditure. There would be a great temptation to raise salaries and to be influenced by local circumstances if the salaries were paid through the local managers. On a division Col. Sandbach's motion was defeated by a large majority, and the report of the committee was carried. MEDICAL INSPECTION OF CHILDREN. The following letter was directed to be sent to each head teacher of elementary schools re- garding the medical inspection of children- "Arrangements have been made with the Medi- cal Officer of Health for your district to carry out the medical inspection of the children in your school (aB required by the Act of Parlia- ment recently passed), in accordance with the terms of the memorandum, copy of which we enclose. The Medical Officer will notify you of the dated on which the inspeotion and ex- amination will be held, so that you may give the parents of the children to be inspected or examined an opportunity of beiTlg present if they desire. Please note that any parent may object to have his ohikl examined, and in t:hat case no examination of that child will take place. You are no doubt aware who the Medi- cal Officer of Health of your district is. but it you do not know, we will obtain the informa- tion for you." SUMMER COURSE AT ABERGELE. A report was presented to the etfet. that the number of students at the summer at Abergele was highly satisfactory. REPORTED OVERCROWDING AT OOL- WYN SCHOOLS. The following reports of H.M. Inspector of Schools were presented — fl Mixed Seliuol.—Progress in this SGlIuol is retarded by the want of class-room accommodation. All the children above standard 1. are taught in one room, which is undivided and Standard I. is taught, in the ialanUT room, in which there are three classes of infanta, who could well do with this room for them- selves, At times the rooms are too fuil, and the work of the teachers inevitably becomes very hard, and, t-j a large extent, ineffective. The bitting accommoda- tion is put to such a .strain that it is difficult to se- cure neatness in writing and figuring in the case of many of the scholars. There is ample evidence of. diligent and earnest teaching, and much of the work is good. Many of the lessons gain in educational value from the practice lately adopted by the teachers of preparing full and careful notes of lessons. The assis- tant mistresses would become more skilful teachers it they were to study books on school method, or 1!ch a volume as the issued by the Board of Education. I am glad to find that the chil- dren are taught to rend music from both notations. A better balance of lessons has been secured in the tiiiie table recently drawn tip than that in the time table formerly in use. The. diseiplne is ldnd, but the order should be firmer, and punctuality should be in- sisted upon. Ow-ing w the present, arrangement of the j classes, by which Standard I. lias a U'acher to them- selves in the infants' room, it is impossible to distri- bute the other clashes properly. It is clearly not ad- visable to group the four higher standards (IV, --VII.) j into one class; and it id hoped that the staff can be j strengthened so as to relieve the headmaster of the fourth standard, who cannot be grouped effectively with the three highest classes. At present the head- master haa not sufficient time to superintend the work of the se¡J ooJ genera t1., "Infants-The work of the infants (who number at present 37, while in the summer months (his number is greatly augmented) is hindered by the presence In their rojm of standard I. (numbering about 25 scholars). The room might well be used exclusively by the III- fants, who are divided into three class?.?. Miss Lloyd, the uncertificated teacher, who is in charge of them, Worka hard and zealously. A pupil teacher lielpa her every morning but. in tie afternoons she has to teach oil the three classes (with over oO children for a large part of the year) single-handed. This is not as it should be. One end of the room is not sufficiently well lighted. A -uppj^. of good pictures should be pro- vided for the wall3, instead of the preiseut unattraa* tivy charts." "Mixed School.—The work of this school suffers from the continuous overcrowding. The x^commodaUon ap- p^ars to be for 117 children, but the average atten- dance for the year ending February 28th, 1907, and for the year ending February 29th, 1908, wj.9 in each case 159. The difficulty of organising the school pro- perly is emphasised by the narrowness of the room., (partitioned off from the main room) occupied by the tlrst and second standards. The desk accommodation in this room is not sufficient:, and the room is such that the numbers for which it has nominal aecsmmo- dation cannot be taught effectively in it. The third standard have n suitable room to themselves. The larger part of the main room (that, which is divided by a fixed partition from the part occupied by Stan- dards I. and II.) is occupied by standards IV.—VII., with aMut 75 scholars, all of whom are taught (with only the occasional help of a pupil teacher) by the assistant master (Mr Jones). The class is far t-oo large for Mr Jones, who is over-tasked; and, apart from the excessiyja. number of children, the work of the class is retarded by the want of proper floor accom- modation. Standard IV. should be separated from the three highest standards, in which the scholars are numerous enough to form a etasi; by themselves. The teachers are all earnest and devoted to their work, but satisfactory ^rogv^s cannot tie made undor the present conditions. Suitable teaching chairs ought to be provided for the teachers, all of whom appear to be on their feet all day. The room occupied by standards 1. and II, should be warmed more efficiently." "Infants' Di,l),irtitient.- The infants are making good progress. Welsh is becoming gradually the medium of instruction. There are three classes in the main room, in which one class is at right angles to tWJ others. An ordinary house screen would be use- ful to keep the children of one class from seeing those tn the other two classes. The room seems hardly j large enough to be divided bv a partition." Note made by Board of Kdueat-ion.—"In view of th* serious over-crowding of the mixed department, the Board of Education are of opinion that no time should be lost in providing temporary additional ae- commodation pending the erection of the new school which the Board understand from the Local Educa- tion Authority's letter of March 2nd, 1908, the Car- narvonshire Local Education Authority propose to pro- vide for the Colwyn district of Carnarvonshire. H.M. Inspector has informed the Board that he is of opinion that the best course in the interest of the schoo! would be for tho three or four upper standards of the mixed department to be transferred to temporary addi- tional premises, which shouid tnercfore be sufficient to accommodate that number of pupils. The Board of Education accordingly request that the 'Local Edu- cation Authorty's proposals for providing the tem- porary additional acommodatiou required may be laid before them without delay." LLANRWST SCHOOL HOUSE. POSITION OF THE HEADMASTER. The following letter from the school mana- gers, dated 13th June, 1908, had been re- ceived :— "As the managers are advised that there is no doubt that until he can be legally dismissed the remuneration of the teacher, Mr Thomas, must remain on the footing on which it was when the school was taken over at the ap- pointed day, namely, that he is entitled to a salary of £ 120 in cash, and to occupy without rent "the teacher's residence belonging to the school; and as any ohange in these terms can only be brought about by tho dismissal of the master, and the kroali authority have s-e-t them- selves actively to oppose any such dismissal, and have even taken upon them.x-Ives the responsi- bility of writing to the headmaster behind the back of the managers, to warn him that any dismissal by the managers would ba inopera- tive, the Local Education Authority must be held to have elected to carry on the old agree- ment and under these circumstances the mana- gers axe entitled to make a charge for the re- sidence to the local authority, and they hereby in terms of Sco. 7 of the Act of 1902 make a charge for the use of this residenoe, and they claim from you. the sum of 957 10s for the use of the residenoe from the appointed day up to and including the 25th March last, at the rate of P,15 per annum." It was resolved that the committee repudiate the olaim. THE WELSH CENTRAL BOARD. The CHAIRMAN moved the following reso- lution "That the Denbighshire Education Commit- tee view with considerable apprehension the action of the Board of Education in proposing to terminate the existing arrangement under which all correspondence between the Board and the ocmnty schools relating to matters arising under the regulations tor secondary sohools is conducted through the medium ot tho Central IVelsh Board, as they regard such action as tending to impair the efficiency and authority of the Central Welsh Board, and it is with great relief that they have learnt from the reply given by Mr Runoiman in Parliament last night. that it has been determined that the practice hitherto adopted shall bo continued, and that in so far as the system of dual inspec- tion can bo got rid of every effort will be made by the Education Department in that direc- tion; and tho Committee earnestly hope that the further step will be taken of having the direct recognition of the examination and in- speetion of tho Central Welsh Board inserted in the Code of the Education JJepartmont as soon as possible." Mr Dodd said that the Intermediate Educa- tion Act had been in operation in Wales for 17 years, and the work done under that Act had been satisfactory work; in fact it had won the admiration of everybody, and even of members of Parliament of both sides when it suited their purpose! to express it. That. being so, it seem- ed a bit 'hard that regulations should now be foisted -llpon the country in tho way now in- tended without warning. It was not surpris- ing that the Central Welsh Board and the Welsh education authorities had risen in pro- test. The dual inspection, which now caused so much confusion and extra work, arose in 1901 in consequence of the county sohools availing themselves of the 9cienoe and art grants. Prior to tha.t date the only inspection was by the Central Welsh Board. But it was understood, when the science and art grants were obtained, that the Board of Education's inspection would only bo of a temporary character, and that probably the Central Board's inspection would he recognised very soon. Instead of that it had continued, and inspector after inspector was sent down, so that one day there would be an inspection on behalf of the Central Board and another one on behalf of the Board of Education in regard to the secondary grant. Teachers had been very much hampered in their work as a result, and even to the inspectors themselves tho task was disagreeable and in- vidious. One would havo thought that the new Welsh Department would have been very sym- pathetic towards Wales in this matter—and in fact he believed that it really was so,—but it was a matter for astonishment that persons in a position to know the value of the work in re- gard to intermediate education in Wales should not have given a heartier recognition to the positron of the Welsh authority. He noticed, however, that the matter was now in a fair way towards being settled. Mr Runciman had said that the desire was that the scholars in the Welsh schools should have the benefit of the best system that could be organised, and that the local interest and autonomy should be in- creased. That being the case, it seemed to him (Mr Dodd) that the Committee could not do better at this juncture than to press for a re- cognition by the Board of Education of the Central Welsh Board's examination. It was said that the Parliamentary grant was now three times what it originally was. True, but so was the local contribution. Under tha In- termediate Education. Act the loW rate waa id in the pound, but 2d wa3 now raided under 1 part 2 of the Education Act, 1902, and of the 2id so raised for secondary and higher educa- tion quite lgd was spent upon the secondary schools (hear, liearl. Mr D. S. DAVIES seconded the resolution, declaring that it wa, the duty of everyone who loved Wales to enforce tho statutory rights of the Central Welsh Board at the present time. Intense interest had been aroused throughout Wales, culminating in the action of thirteen Welsh members going into the division lobby against the Government as they did on Tues- day night, as a protest against the treatment accorded to tlie Central Welsh Board (hear, hear). It was difficult for that Committee, who were so loyal to the present Government, to oppose their friends, but it ought to be clearly irii, idia known that Wales was determined in this matter, and would fight it to a finish. Considering the almost marvellous success of inteirmediate education in Wales under the management of the Central Board, he could not understand the attempt to limit and undermine the authority and influence of that authority, Dual insjxxtion was bad. and tended to paralyse the efforts of the teachers as well as of the local governors (hear, hear) Mr JAMES DARLINGTON said he would like to dissociate himself from Mr D. S. Da- viess expression of loyalty to the present Go- vernment (laughter). The resolution was carried unanimously, and the Committee also, on the motion of Mr D. S. Davies, expressed its appreciation of the action of the thirteen Welsh mamber*}- in their nrO- test, and especially of Sir Herbert Roberts and Mr Ellis Griffith.