HC Deb 07 April 1925 vol 182 cc2072-4W

asked the President of the Board of Education (1) whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that it is intended, in view of the withdrawal next year of the grants received from the Government and the London County Council, to close the Finsbury Technical College; and whether, on account of the important educational work being carried on there, he would be prepared to reconsider the whole matter;

(2) what was the reason for withdrawing the financial support given to the City and Guilds institute, Leonard Street, Finsbury?


I am aware that the City and Guilds of London Institute propose to discontinue the Finsbury Technical College as from 31st July, 1926. The college does not receive direct grants from the Board, but the London County Council make an annual contribution to the college, which is recognised by the Board for grant. Having regard to the provision of similar courses which is made elsewhere in London, the Council who are responsible for co-ordinating the supply of education in London, have decided to terminate their contribution next year, and, in consequence, the institute are not prepared to continue the college. I do not think that there is anything in the circumstances in which the decisions of the Council and of the institute have been taken, which calls for my intervention.