Royal Charters (Infringements)

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord President of the Council – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1966.

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Photo of Sir Knox Cunningham Sir Knox Cunningham , South Antrim 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will introduce legislation to enable him to take action in respect of governors of corporations having Royal Charters in instances in which the corporation concerned has acted in breach of its charter.

Photo of Sir Knox Cunningham Sir Knox Cunningham , South Antrim

Will the right hon. Gentleman examine the charter of the Royal Shakespeare Company since a number of people believe that this company is in breach of its charter when it continues to spend public money in producing non-Shakespeare plays in London?

Photo of Mr Herbert Bowden Mr Herbert Bowden , Leicester South West

The hon. and learned Gentleman asked whether I would introduce legislation. Legislation is not necessary. The Crown may at this moment, if it wishes, take proceedings through the High Court for the forfeiture of any charter. On the specific point he mentions, my hon. Friend at the Department of Education and Science has already told him that, on the best legal advice obtainable, there is no infringement of the charter.