asked the President of the Board of Education (1) if any scheme in connection with the Wrey Charity, in the parish of Coombe-in-Teignhead, has yet been sanctioned; if not, what is the reason of the delay, considering that as long ago as April, 1909, according to a letter of that date, No. 12,310, 00/1891, C.T., received by the council, the Board communicated with the trustees to the effect that a scheme would be necessary; and (2) whether he will sanction a scheme whereby the annual payment of £10 from the Wrey Charily shall be paid direct to the overseers of the parish of Coombe-in-Teignhead, either in aid of the Poor Rate or for some public purpose in the parish?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
I will answer this question together with the next question down in the name of the hon. Member. A scheme has not yet been established in this case. The delay is due partly to pressure of work and partly to the fact that the preparation of schemes for elementary endowments has been as far as possible suspended pending the receipt And consideration of the Report of the466W Departmental Committee which was appointed to consider the best mode of dealing with endowments of this character. The endowment does not, in the view of the Board, fall within the operation of the proviso to Section 13 (1) of the Education Act, 1902, and I therefore think that it would not be possible for the Board to sanction the application of any part of the income to the relief of the Poor Rate. The Board will be glad to consider any other proposals for the application of the money for some public educational purpose in the parish. In any such application regard will have to be had to the origin of the foundation.