Page 2, 24th March 1950

24th March 1950
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Page 2, 24th March 1950 — VOLUNTARY SCHOOLS

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Ste,-1 am so grateful for your kind reference to my letter in the Spectator and for personal letters in the same strain that I wish one sentence not to stand unexplained, as it appears to have given a wrong impression. When I said that I had no sympathy with the campaign for preferential treatment, I meant only that whatever concessions might be granted to Catholic schools as a result of the vigorous campaign on behalf of the Roman Communion should no less be granted to the Church of England, for essentially our aims are the same. 1 could not agree more with your comment that the Anglican leaders have let both sides down.

I would add one further illumination to the light shed upon this problem. The days of grace for the County of West Suffolk ran out in February, those for East Suffolk expire in May. As far as can be predicted at the moment, there will be a few more than a dozen, and fewer than a score, of Church of Engand schools in the whole Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich with Aided status, because the Managers and the Diocesan Education CornMittee cannot possibly meet the demands of the Development Plans. I do not know Whether Suffolk is one of the first counties to have the plans accepted by the Ministry, but if so, then this may be taken as an earnest of bad things to come.

HOWARD DOBSON (Canon). Huntingfield Rectory, Halesworth, Suffolk.

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