§ MR. RANKIN (Herefordshire, Leominster)
asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, Whether, before any scheme drawn up by the Charity Commissioners has received the approval of the Education Department, it is possible for the Beneficiaries under such scheme or charity to make representations to the Charity Commissioners with respect to such scheme, with a view of inducing the Commissioners to modify the scheme?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT (Sir WILLIAM HART DYKE) (Kent, Dartford)
On the assumption that the Question refers to schemes prepared by the Charity Commissioners under the authority of the Endowed Schools Acts, 1869, it is the duty of the Commissioners, under the provisions of Section 33 of the Endowed Schools Act, 1869, to cause the draft of a scheme, or a proper abstract of it, to be published and circulated, in order that information may be given to all persons interested; and under the provisions of Section 34 Endowed Schools Act, 1869, as amended by Section 12, Endowed Schools Act, 1873, before submitting a scheme to the Education Department for approval, they are bound to receive, for a period of two months, any objections or suggestions made to them in writing respecting such scheme, whether from beneficiaries or others; and under the provision of Section 36 of the first-named Act to consider such objections or suggestions. This procedure is invariably followed by the Commissioners in the case of every such scheme.
§ In further reply to Mr. RANKIN,
§ SIR WILLIAM HART DYKE
said, he believed the wishes of the inhabitants of the district were always considered in framing schemes.