§ MR. LAWSON (St. Pancras, W.)
I beg to ask the hon. Member for Penrith (Mr. J. W. Lowther) whether he is aware that the Governing Body of St. Paul's School have decided to pay £15,250 (or at the rate of £3,300 per acre) for land in West Kensington, Fulham, on the advice of Mr. Daniel Watney, Surveyor to the Mercers' Company, and on the independent corroborative opinion of Messrs. C. & W. Oakley, 10, Waterloo Place; and whether he will state who are the vendors of this land, for which Messrs. Fox & Bousfield are employed to arrange the purchase?
MR. J. W. LOWTHER (Cumberland, Penrith)
The Governors of St. Paul's School, acting, it is understood, on the advice of Mr. Daniel Watney, the Surveyor to the Mercers' Company, have applied to the Charity Commissioners for their sanction to a purchase of land 346 in West Kensington on the terms mentioned; but no opinion has been obtained by the Governors from Messrs. C. & W. Oakley, who have, however, received. instructions from the Governors to report directly to the Charity Commissioners upon the value of the land. The Commissioners have not yet received that Report. The vendors are Mr. John Leonard Tomlin, of No. 8, Old Burlington Street, solicitor, and Mr. Arthur John Campbell Gwatkin, of Dover Street, Piccadilly. The latter sells as mortgagee.