§ Mr. SNOWDEN
asked the President of the Board of Education if his Department has approved the action of the Manchester Education Committee in informing Mr. Woolfe Rayman, a scholar of Brasenose College, Oxford, in reply to his request that he might be allowed to take up his scholarship after the War, that his course of studies have been terminated by the military authorities; that as he has refused to accept either combatant or non-combatant military service he will not be allowed to take up his scholarship after the War; and that the chairman of the committee further pointed out to him that this was a merciful punishment, as in other days he would have been burnt as a heretic?
§ Mr. ARTHUR HENDERSON
I have no information as to this case. If the hon. Member refers to a scholarship provided by the local education authority, the Board have no power to approve or disapprove any action by the authority affecting its tenure.