§ MR. A. J. MUNDELLA (Sheffield, Brightside)
I beg to ask the hon. Member for Thirsk, as a Charity Commissioner, whether the Charity Commissioners have arrived at any decision as to the validity of the claim of the trustees of the Russell School at Petersham to a sum 1325 of money left by G. A. Wall for the use and benefit of the parochial schools at Petersham; and, if not, whether, having regard to the facts that the money was left to the parochial schools at Petersham more than 25 years ago, that for nearly all this time the school held by the above mentioned trustees has been the only elementary school in the parish, and that no payment has been made to any school from the sum so bequeathed, the Charity Commissioners will take prompt action to give effect to the bequest of the testator?
MR. GRANT LAWSON (York, N.R., Thirsk)
This charity is not within the jurisdiction of the Charity Commissioners who however accidentally discovered its existence in the year 1892. If the charity is brought in the manner prescribed by Section 14 of the Charitable Trusts Act, 1869, within the jurisdiction of the Commissioners, they will proceed upon application to establish the scheme necessary to give effect to the bequest of the testator?