Yes, Sir. I am asking the committee to consider means whereby the association between the public schools (by which term is meant schools which are in membership of the Governing Bodies' Association or Headmasters' Conference) and the general educational system of the country could be developed and extended; also to consider how far any measures recommended in the case of boys' public schools could be applied to comparable schools for girls.
The committee will be composed of persons qualified to speak for the educational and wider interests concerned. The members are as follow:
May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he has received a communication from me regretting certain remarks I made concerning Lord Fleming during the recent Debate on education, caused by confusing him with someone else of the same name? It would be a pity if this gentleman started his duties prejudiced by an unfounded statement, for which I apologise.
As this is largely a question of education there are rather more on the educative side than on the wider interests side, but I am glad to say that both sides are represented.
As I have some slight interest in this matter, can the right hon. Gentleman give the House some idea of the communication to which he has referred in the conversation between himself and the hon. Member?
Hon. Members were not excluded from this Committee for any lack of merit on their part, but because I considered that the membership of this Committee was satisfactory in the manner in which I have announced it.