asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education if he will state whether it was on the advice of the Board of Supervision that he took into consideration the proposal to close the Chester Training College; and upon how many occasions and on what dates he consulted with the governing body?
As I explained in my answer to the hon. Member for the University of Wales (Mr. E. Evans), on 22nd December last, it was after consultation with the Board of Supervision that the Board of Education proposed the temporary closure of the Chester Training College. The governing body of the college were consulted in an official letter of 30th November, and a deputation of their representatives to discuss the matter was received by the Board on 7th December, 1932. In view of the resolution adopted by the Church Assembly last week, further consideration has now been given to this matter and it is not proposed to proceed with the temporary closure of the three Church training colleges. A notification to this effect was sent to each of the colleges on 14th February.
Will my hon. Friend in order to clear up the misapprehension which exists in some quarters make it clear that this is not a reprieve, but that the matter has been finally settled?