HC Deb 08 March 1915 vol 70 cc1176-7

(2) Every emergency Statute made by the University shall be binding on the University and on every College which has consented thereto, and every Statute made by a College shall be binding on the College and on the University if it has consented thereto, and every emergency Statute shall be effectual notwithstanding any instrument of foundation, or any Act of Parliament, Order in Council, decree, order, Statute, or other instrument or thing constituting wholly or in part an instrument of foundation, or confirming or varying a foundation or endowment, or otherwise regulating the University or a College.

Amendment made: In Sub-section (2) after the word "every" ["every Statute made by a College", insert the word "emergency."

Motion made, and Question proposed. "That the Bill be now read the third time."—[Mr. J. A. Pease.]


I want to appeal to the older universities who are now having these powers conferred upon them not to allow one of the best parts of their work to lapse during the period of the War. I refer to the magnificent work the universities are doing in connection with their tutorial classes. Oxford has some eighteen and one essay class, and Cambridge also has a number of them, and they do shed the light of their countenance upon the working classes in co-operation with the Workers' Educational Association. I know that it throws some financial strain upon Oxford in particular, but I trust that the work which is being done right throughout the country will not be allowed to fall off, especially as the Board of Education is paying something to keep them going through this difficult time, and that the universities will use their powers to take some of the money they may raise by the sale of their properties to keep themselves in touch with the working classes through the tutorial class movement.


I only want, in one sentence, to support as strongly as I can the appeal made by my hon. Friend. If there ever was a time, when these classes and this valuable touch between Oxford and Cambridge and the workers of this country were of the highest importance it is during this War, when various problems of history and philosophy will arise in connection with which this work is of the highest character.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read the third time, and passed.