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Grammar School, Presteigne

Volume 529: debated on Tuesday 29 June 1954

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asked the Minister of Education how much was spent by the Radnorshire Education Committee on the buildings, furniture and equipment, other than books, respectively, of the Presteigne Grammar School in the five years ended with the financial year 1952–53; and whether she will instruct that the endowment of this school, amounting to nearly £200 a year, which, alone among the school endowments of Radnorshire, has been taken by the county council and is paid into the general education account, should be returned to the school.

Information on the first part of the Question is not available in my Department. With regard to the second part of the Question, the endowment of the former endowed grammar school at Presteigne was in 1894 incorporated into the Radnorshire Intermediate and Technical Education Fund, which is now regulated by a scheme made under the Charitable Trusts Acts on 28th February, 1935, and I see no reason to amend that scheme at present.

asked the Minister of Education whether she is now in a position to give further information concerning the Thomas Pugh prizes; and whether these prizes will revert to the Presteigne Grammar School.

Since I replied to the hon. Member on 25th March, I understand from further inquiries I have made that from 1946 the payments of £6 per annum were accumulated by the Trustees concerned, and that at the beginning of the present year the accumulations were paid over by them to the newly constituted body of Trustees of the Presteigne Eleemosynary Charities.