§ MR. ILLINGWORTH (Bradford, W.)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether he can inform the House how many parishes there are in England and Wales in which parents have no choice of schools for their children, there being only one school in the parish, and that a denominational school; and whether he can state how many of these parishes have Church of England schools, how many Wesleyan, how many British, and how many Roman Catholic schools?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Sir W. HART DYKE,) Kent, Dartford
It is roughly estimated that there are about 6,848 school districts in which there is only one school, but a fourth of these approximately have Board schools, and in respect of many others there is accommodation available in schools outside the district. Such districts are not classified according to the denomination to which their schools belong, but no doubt the bulk of them are provided with Church of England schools.