HC Deb 24 February 1921 vol 138 cc1179-80W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that a trust known as Hanbury's Charity, Church Langton, County of Leicester, was left primarily for the three churches of the parish, and afterwards for schools, hospitals, organs, and beef, and that this fund was appropriated in 1905, with the exception of the three last named objects, by the Charity Commissioners for Education; that the income of this trust fund has now considerably increased, and that the governors feel strongly that the intention of the founder should be respected and an annual sum allowed for the fabric of the churches, together with additional allowances for hospitals, organs, and beef, leaving a sum more than sufficient to provide technical and higher education for the children of the parishes included in the scheme which the governors have submitted to the Charity Commissioners, who have passed it on to the Board of Education to deal with; and will he see that the intention of the founder is respected?


The Reverend William Hanbury, by a series of deeds made in 1767, directed the establishment of a school, the endowment of an organist, the provision of beef for the poor, the establishment of a fund to provide organs, the establishment of a picture gallery, a library, a free printing press, a hospital, and various professorships with an income of £5,909 a year, the expenditure of £100,000 on the erection of a church at Church Langton and the erection of a Temple of Religion and Virtue. The fund of about £2,000 which he provided to satisfy these purposes proved scarcely adequate, and it is difficult to say to which of them he gave the preference. The charity became the subject of Chancery proceedings in 1864, and ultimately a scheme was made under the Endowed Schools Acts allocating certain specific sums to non-educational purposes and the residue to education. That scheme has the force of an Act of Parliament and the Board have no legal power to disturb the allocation then made. The income of the foundation has recently increased and the increase goes to swell the educational residue. The action taken in 1905, to which the hon. Member refers, did not affect the provisions of the scheme of 1895