HC Deb 20 March 1893 vol 10 cc503-4
MR. PARKER (Oxfordshire, Henley)

I beg to ask the hon. Member for Merionethshire, as Parliamentary Charity Commissioner, whether it is a fact that a scheme has been promulgated by the Charity Commissioners, disendowing and abolishing the Grammar School at Charlbury, in Oxfordshire, which has existed for over 200 years; if he can state by whom the Commissioners have been moved in the matter, and whether it was by the Charlbury School Board and Brasenose College; and whether he is aware that the inhabitants of Charlbury are most strongly opposed to the abolition of the school?


A Draft Scheme has been published under the Endowed Schools Acts for converting the small endowment for a grammar school at Charlbury into the fund for exhibitions for Charlbury children. The Commissioners act under the Endowed Schools Acts, after inquiry, on their own initiative. As there appears to be a division of opinion on the question whether a grammar school can or cannot be maintained in Charlbury, the Draft Scheme has been referred to an Assistant Commissioner for a public inquiry there.