HC Deb 17 July 1923 vol 166 cc2040-1
44. Mr. EDE

asked the President of the Board of Education if his attention has been called to the examination papers and results of an examination for entrants to Rutlish Science School, Merton, Surrey; whether he is aware that the questions were set and me papers marked by the University of London; and, in view of the poor attainments shown by the prospective fee-paying entrants, what action does he propose to take to enforce the Board's requirements as to the educational standard to be reached by all entrants to State-aided secondary schools?


The hon. Member sent me some particulars of the examination results of candidates for admission to this school. Until the governors have settled which of the candidates they will admit it is not possible for me to say what action may be necessary.


Does the President of the Board of Education intend, in this case, to enforce the rules of the Board with regard to the standard of admission if the governors attempt to admit persons who have proved to be of too low a standard?


The hon. Member has, no doubt, seen the answer which I gave about the standard provision, and to that I adhere. I would rather not attempt to say what action I should take, in answer to a hypothetical question.