HC Deb 07 July 1903 vol 124 cc1525-6
MR. CORRIE GRANT (Warwickshire, Rugby)

To ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, as members of the Senate of the University of London have now been appointed to paid offices under the Senate as professors and examiners, although under the former charter no member of the Senate was eligible as an examiner, he will propose an Amendment of the University of London Act, making members of the Senate ineligible for such positions of emolument.

(Answered by Mr. A. J. Balfour.) The University of London as constituted under charter was merely an examining commission awarding diplomas and degrees to students trained in institutions having no organic connection with the University or to students trained by private study. It was therefore very desirable that the commission that awarded the honours and settled the schemes of examination should not appoint themselves to the office of examiner in receipt of a salary. The present University, on the other hand, as reconstituted by the Act of 1898, is a teaching University, created with the purpose of giving the teachers a share in the work of the University, whether by examination, by teaching, or by research. The receipt of a salary from the University chest does not preclude a professor or internal examiner at Oxford or Cambridge from a share in the government of those Universities, and from a seat on a Syndicate or Delegacy or Council of the Senate, and any such restriction would cripple the power of the University to call to its aid its most distinguished teachers and examiners.