§ Mr. Mayhew
asked the Minister of Education if he is aware of the anxiety resulting from the decision of the council of the Toynbee Settlement to discontinue educational classes; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
I regret that the Settlement will no longer be able to make its distinctive contribution to the education service, but I understand that the Executive Committee has decided to discontinue this activity in order to concentrate on social work. The London County Council has, however, agreed to purchase the Settlement's education building, with its theatre which will be kept in use as a drama centre, and some of the evening classes, especially those in drama, will be continued there. Other classes can be provided more economically in other establishments in the areas already maintained by the Council, but it is hoped to preserve the associations made at Toynbee Hall by keeping those classes together as groups so far as possible with their existing tutors.