HC Deb 18 March 1897 vol 47 cc928-9
MR. A. BIRRELL (Fife, W.)

On behalf of the hon. Member for Norfolk, N. (Mr. H. COZENS-HARDY), I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether the Departmental Committee, appointed last year to visit the colleges sharing in the grant made to universities and colleges in Great Britain, and to investigate the character and quality of university work done, have yet made their report; and whether their report will be laid upon the Table of the House at an early date?


This report has been received. It is intended to appoint a committee, as on former occasions, to allocate the grant to universities colleges, and when the report of that committee and the Treasury minute upon it are presented to the House, the report of the Departmental Committee will be presented at the same time. ["Hear, hear."]


I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether the intended Committee has been appointed to allocate the proposed increased grant to university colleges in Great Britain; can he state who are the members of the Committee; and whether the sums proposed to be allocated to the several colleges will be intimated before the Estimate is submitted in Committee of Supply?


The Committee has not yet been appointed; but their work is not likely to take long, and I see no reason why it should not be completed before the Estimate is taken.