HL Deb 24 March 1899 vol 69 cc307-8

Motion made, and Question proposed— That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying her to withhold her assent to the scheme for the management of St. Paul's Schools in London, laid before the House on the 16th instant."— (The Earl of Jersey,)


My Lords, it will not be necessary for me to delay the House with many words of explanation in regard to my Motion, the object of which is to obtain the withdrawal of a strongly-contested scheme in favour of one on which all parties are agreed. Negotiations have taken place between those who were opposed to the scheme of 1894 and the Charity Commissioners, and an agreement has been come to on all disputed heads, so that really the Motion is a friendly and an agreed Motion. It has the support of the governors of St. Paul's Schools, the Mercers' Company, the Charity Commissioners, and the Education Department. It is advisable that the Motion should be passed as soon as possible, in order that a new scheme may be brought forward without further delay.


As I was a former governor of St. Paul's School, I cannot help saying how glad I am that the former scheme is to be withdrawn, and that an agreement on terms which are satisfactory has been come to with regard to a new scheme.


This is really the only course which could be taken, and I entirely agree with the Motion, on behalf of the Government.

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