HC Deb 25 July 1946 vol 426 cc45-6W
94. Mr. P. Thorneycroft

asked the Minister of Education whether she is aware of the differences which have arisen between the Glamorganshire County Council and the governors of St. Illtyd's College, Cardiff, with regard to the provision of places for pupils from surrounding districts; and what steps she proposes to take in order to enable these pupils to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents.

Mr. Hardman

I understand that some parents living in Rhiwbina, Glamorgan, recently asked the local education authority for that area to accept financial responsibility for the education of their children at St. Illtyd's College, Cardiff, and that this request was refused. An application has since been received under Section 15 (2) of the Education Act, 1944, for a direction that the school should be an aided voluntary school. If this application is granted, it will be open to the governors, by arrangement with the Cardiff local education authority, to admit children living in Glamorgan, and the Cardiff authority will be able to claim contributions from the Glamorgan authority under the provisions of Section 106 of the Act. Such contributions cannot be refused except under a direction from the Minister. My right hon. Friend has indicated to local education authorities in Circular 83, dated 14th January, 1946, the general principles on which she considers that they should cooperate in matters of this kind, and I am sending a copy of this Circular to the hon. Member.