§ 39. Mr. TREVELYAN
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has yet considered the resolution of the Durham County Council passed a month ago establishing free secondary education by 1926; and whether he intends to give the necessary sanction of the Board of Education?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)
The council's application was received at the Board on the 28th February. I have not yet had time to consider it fully, and I should prefer not to make any statement until I have communicated with the council.
§ 38. Mr. LEES SMITH (for Mr. MACKINDER)
asked the President of the Board of Education whether Plymouth has resolved to make its secondary school system entirely free, and by what date it proposes to do so; and whether the Board of Education have given the necessary sanction?
§ Lord E. PERCY
I have received from the Plymouth authority a proposal to abolish fees, as from the 31st July next, in all the secondary schools in their area working under the Secondary School Regulations. I have informed the authority that I cannot give proper consideration to this proposal until I have before me a full programme of the work, in the sphere of elementary as well as higher education, which they propose to undertake in the next few years, and I have offered to discuss the position with them.