HC Deb 17 June 1924 vol 174 cc1958-9W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether the Government have any information concerning the reasons that have led the Council of the University College, Cardiff, to oppose the establishment of an independent national school of medicine, in accordance with the recommendations of the Royal Commission on University Education in Wales?


My right hon. Friend has himself no information on this matter, which does not fall within the province of the Board of Education, He has, however, made inquiries and understands that it has been the subject of correspondence between the Privy Council and the promoters of a Supplemental Charter for the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. The Privy Council, in letters dated 1st February and 14th March, 1923, regarding the draft Supplemental Charter submitted to, them on behalf of the college, gave their reasons for objecting to the complicated scheme therein proposed for the government of the National School of Medicine, and for holding that the interests of the school would be best served by its establishment as an independent unit within the University, on the lines recommended by the recent Royal Commission. The Privy Council, in reply to an inquiry, were informed on 24th January last that it was hoped that the Council of lie University College would, at an early date, be in a position to submit a report to the Court of Governors of the college on the matter; up to the present time, however, no further communication with regard to it has been received by their Lordships from the promoters of the Supplemental Charter.