§ MR. MORRELL (Oxford, Woodstock)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether, in 1850, in view of elementary schools being erected by religious bodies with grants in aid from the Committee of Council on Education, the Committee of Council then stated that they had effectually provided already that the declaration of trust should be so specific as to preclude the possibility that a school founded in connection with any religious body should lose its distinctive character in consequence of the receipt of such grant in aid; whether many promoters of such schools accepted grants of public money on these terms; and whether, in the face of more recent legislation, these trust deeds still stand as effective (except so far as the "management" and "conscience" clauses affects them) securing for these schools, notwithstanding the fact that they were erected out of such joint funds, their distinctive character?
§ SIR W. HART DYKE
There is nothing, so far as I am aware, in recent legislation to disturb the position of denominational schools, as secured to them by the declaration of trust to which my hon. Friend refers, apart, of course, from the obligation imposed by the conscience clause.