HC Deb 03 May 1937 vol 323 cc788-9
60. Sir Edmund Findlay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can give an assurance that the revenues at present administered by the Banff Educational Trust will be earmarked and safeguarded for the children of the district for whom they were designed, and that, in particular, a part of the revenue will be applied to granting secondary school bursaries at Banff Academy just as they are granted at the secondary schools in Aberdeen and just as it is proposed to award them at Fordyce Academy?

The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Wedderburn)

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affimative and to the second in the negative. The general principle adopted by the Commissioners and the Department is that endowment revenue should not be applied to school bursaries save in exceptional circumstances, which do not appear in this case.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the feeling which exists in Banff on this matter, will the hon. Gentleman not get into touch with the authorities on the matter?

Mr. Wedderburn

The hon. Member will see that there is a Prayer down on this subject for to-night, and perhaps he will await my reply.