HC Deb 21 July 1874 vol 221 cc391-2

asked the Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Education, Whether he has intimated his willingness to introduce a Clause into the Endowed Schools Acts Amendment Bill which will exempt the Manchester Grammar School from the operation of those Clauses of the Bill which affect its character and manage- ment, and the composition of its governing body?


, in reply, said, he had given no intimation whatever upon the subject, and he was astonished to read in the organs of the Press some extraordinary statements that had been made as to his conduct in this matter at a meeting of Nonconformists. All that had passed was that an hon. Gentleman behind him asked him yesterday whether he would receive a deputation from the Trustees of the Manchester Grammar School in the afternoon. He was not, however, able to receive the deputation, being overwhelmed with work at this period of the Session; and he begged his hon. Friend to listen to what he had to say in the evening, which he thought would remove some of the objections which influenced the Trustees of the Manchester Grammar School. That was all he said; and if not so, he should be happy to consider the matter at some future time.