HC Deb 19 March 1925 vol 181 c2449
19. Colonel DAY

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of the different fees charged by secondary schools in various parts of England and Wales, varying from £ 8 and more in some counties to £ 1 Is., or less, in others, he will confer with local education authorities with a view to reducing these fees so that the children of poorer parents should be given a better chance of secondary education?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)

As the hon. and gallant Member is aware, I am inviting all authorities to submit to me programmes covering the needs of their area over a period of three or five years. The point raised in the question is one which authorities will, no doubt, consider when drawing up these programmes.

28. Mr. FENBY

asked the President of the Board of Education what proportion of pupils entering secondary schools with free places do so at the age of 13 plus; and has the Board any information as to the success of these pupils, as compared with those who enter at the age of 11 plus?


Exact figures are not available, but on the information before me I do not think that the number of free-place pupils who are admitted at 13 years of age or later represents more than 10 per cent. of the free-place admissions. As regards the second part of the question, I have no particulars as to the attainments of these late entrants which would enable me to institute such a comparison as the hon. Member suggests.