HC Deb 23 July 1919 vol 118 cc1350-1
45. Captain LOSEBY

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that considerable dissatisfaction has been caused by the action of the Board of Education in abolishing the democratic control of State-aided secondary schools without consulting Parliament; that the relaxation of the rule requiring State-aided secondary schools to provide 25 per cent. of their places for children from primary schools has operated inequitably and has caused considerable discontent; that many Members are anxious to discuss these and other educational matters, but no opportunity has this year been given them; and if he is prepared to name a day upon which discussion can be taken?

Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)

I do not agree that the alterations made in the draft Regulations which were issued on the 26th May abolish public control of State-aided secondary schools. There has been no relaxation in the administration of the rule relating to free places, and I have no evidence of such discontent as is implied in the hon. and gallant Member's question. I hope that time may be found for the Education Vote on one of the remaining Supply days.

Lieut.-Colonel Sir S. HOARE

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a great body of people interested in education who are delighted that the President of the Board of Education has made this alteration?