§ MR. DODD (Essex, Maldon)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Charity Commission whether the new scheme for the management of Warren's Charity, Hemel Hempstead, has, as yet, been finally settled by the Charity Commissioners; and, if not, whether they would arrange that the trustees should be elected as in the scheme recently approved by them for Sunningwell, Berkshire; whether the new scheme for Warren's Charity provides that, so far as the funds are applicable to educational purposes, they are to be applied solely for the promotion of Church of England teaching, and whether this is contrary to the founder's will; and if the new scheme has not been submitted to any meeting of the 1498 inhabitants of Hemel Hempstead, whether time will be given, in order that it may be so submitted, before any final approval is given?
§ MR. THOMAS ELLIS (Merionethshire)
Notice of the proposed scheme for Warren's Charity at Hemel Hemp-stead was published in the locality on the 11th instant, with an intimation that during 21 days from that date any objections and suggestions respecting the scheme would be received. Until that period has expired, it would be premature for the Commissioners to enter into any definite engagement with regard to any modification of the proposed composition of the body of trustees; but, in view of the fact that the expiration of the period coincides with the Easter Vacation, the Commissioners will not finally settle the scheme until after the 20th of April next, and, meantime, will carefully consider any representations made to them by the inhabitants of Hemel Hempstead. The scheme proposes to provide that the funds of the charity, so far as applicable for educational purposes, shall be applied to the promotion of Church of England teaching in connection with public elementary schools. This provision is in accordance with the will of the founder, who expressly directed that the beneficiaries of his educational charity should be members of the Church of England.