HC Deb 02 June 1893 vol 13 cc44-5
MR. HOZIER (Lanarkshire, S.)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether, and, if so, when, the School Board of Bowling asked him to reverse the decision of the Education Department as to the sale of the Bowling Public Hall by public auction; and whether he is aware that the original Trustees were prepared to offer the upset price, so as to enable them to reclaim the property and continue to carry into effect the original public, purposes of the trust?


A public meeting was held at Bowling on 16th dune, 1891, which, in my opinion, represented the public opinion of the community, and I understand the School Board are in accord with the course that has been followed. I have explained in a previous answer the reasons which led me to think that the premises should be handed over to those who represent the community free of cost, and the small sum which was offered by certain parties, not more than £50, did not appear to me to outweigh the advantages of such a transfer.

In reply to a supplemental question by Mr. HOZIER,


said: The circumstances brought under my notice from various quarters have been seriously considered, and I am absolutely certain that the decision we have arrived at is the one desired by the great majority of the people of Bowling.