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The University Colleges

    Naturevolume 35pages441442 (1887) | Download Citation



    THE other day (March 3) the Times printed a letter from Prof. Jowett containing a powerful appeal to the State on behalf of the University Colleges which have recently been established in large towns by the exertions of private individuals. On Monday evening last, Mr. Mundella, having asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention had been called to this letter, proceeded to inquire whether the Government “would introduce or facilitate the passing of a measure authorising local authorities to contribute towards the establishment and maintenance of schools and colleges adapted to the wants of their several localities, and would recommend to Parliament annual grants in aid of the same.” That Mr. Goschen, so far as his personal sympathies are concerned, would have liked to give an affirmative answer to this question there can be no doubt; but, speaking as a member of the Government, he adopted a very discouraging tone. He was not in a position, he said, to recommend to Parliament annual grants in aid of local colleges. He admitted that it was an open question whether local authorities should not be empowered to aid such institutions, but the Government could not undertake to introduce or facilitate the passing of a measure dealing with the matter.

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