HC Deb 02 June 1919 vol 116 cc1708-9W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, prior to making further grants of public money to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, he will appoint Royal Commissions to hold a public inquiry into the endowments, finance, and government of these universities and their colleges and into such changes as may be needed to make them more accessible to men of small means; and whether he will secure that organised labour and women are adequately represented on such Commissions or on any other bodies which may be appointed to conduct an inquiry?


I have already conveyed to the universities the view of the Government that if they desire further financial assistance from the State on a large scale, a comprehensive inquiry into the resources of the universities and colleges and the use made of them will be necessary. The universities are, I believe, now considering the matter, but have not yet come to a decision. I am not at present in a position to commit the Government to the form of inquiry or the constitution of the body which might conduct it.