§ MR. COBB (Warwick, S.E., Rugby)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether the Department has received a Petition signed by 498 inhabitants and ratepayers of Nuneaton against the Scheme now proposed for the future administration of the Smith's School Charity; whether he is aware that since the Scheme was drawD up and advertised a large number of inhabitants and ratepayers have looked into it, with the result that public interest has been aroused which previously did not exist; and whether he will either refer the Scheme back to the Charity Commissioners or take some other step with a view to a further public local inquiry?
THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Mr. ACLANB,) York, W.R., Rotherham
The statutory time for receiving objections to this Scheme expired on the 2nd of April last without any objection or suggestion having been received, and the Scheme was approved on the 18th of April. The Petition referred to in the hon. Member's question was received a few days ago, but I have no further jurisdiction in the matter. The attention of the petitioners has been directed to the section of the Act under which ratepayers or other parties concerned may claim that the Scheme shall be laid before Parliament.