HC Deb 30 July 1906 vol 162 cc467-8

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that a public inquiry was held at Watford, on July 24th, by Mr. W. C. Fletcher, under the authority of the Board of Education, for the purpose of inquiring into the foundation of the Watford grammar schools, including the question of the need of a higher elementary school at Watford, and that at such inquiry Mr. Fletcher refused to allow counsel for the Watford Urban District Council or any members of the public to raise any questions or give any evidence as to the funds and endowments of the said foundation, or as to the proposed expenditure on new buildings and maintenance; and whether the President of the Board of Education will refuse or delay his sanction to any new scheme for the said foundation until after a further public inquiry has boon held, and the views of the Urban District Council of Watford and the inhabitants of Watford ascertained.


I must refer the hon. Member to the Answer I have just given to his previous Question, to which I cannot at present add anything, beyond stating that I understand that the disallowances are not quite accurately stated in the Question.