§ 53. Mr. HERBERT WILLIAMS
asked the President of the Board of Education 1849 the estimated number of children between 14 and 16 years of age in England and Wales who are receiving full-time education, and the estimated number who are not?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)
From information supplied to me by the Registrar-General it appears that, according to the figures of the Census held in June, 1921, out of a total population of 1,446,573 between the ages of 14 and 16, 348,805 were receiving full-time instruction at schools and institutions in England and Wales; presumably the remainder (1,097,768) were not receiving full-time instruction. These figures include, of course, a large number of private and other schools and institutions not falling within the purview of the Board. It is important to bear in mind that of the 348,805 children referred to above, rather less than half were in public elementary schools, and of these children a considerable proportion would not stay beyond the statutory period of school attendance.