HC Deb 07 March 1881 vol 259 cc422-3

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether it is the fact that it is now more than nine years since the governing body of the Nottingham High School applied to the Charity Commissioners to appoint new trustees to fill places which had become vacant in their body; whether the Charity Commissioners declined to appoint such trustees on the ground that they intended to propose a scheme for the High School; whether it is the fact that, although frequent application has been made to the Commissioners, no trustees have as yet been appointed, and no scheme has been published; and, whether there is any hope that the scheme may, within a reasonable time, be brought into operation?


I am informed that the Nottingham Charity Trustees, who are the governing body of the High School, asked the Commissioners to advise them what course they should adopt in view of the reduced number of their body; but they have never made application for an appointment of new Trustees, and without such an application the Commissioners have no power to make an appointment. The Town Council of Nottingham has several times urged that an appointment should be made; but a request from the Town Council does not give the Commissioners power to act. This was explained to the Town Council in February, 1875. In April, 1880, the Commissioners stated their opinion that an appointment of new Trustees would be inconvenient, inasmuch as a scheme under the Endowed Schools Act for the High School had been published in the previous month. The scheme so published has since been frequently under the consideration of the Commissioners, and on Tuesday last was finally settled. In a few days it will be submitted to the Education Department.