HC Deb 22 February 1927 vol 202 c1587

asked the President of the Board of Education if he will reconsider the advisability of revising the Regulations which compels children in elementary schools who reach the age of 14 years remaining on the books until the end of the term, so that they can drop out individually as they reach the prescribed age, and thus prevent the flooding of the labour market at certain periods?

Duchess of ATHOLL

This matter is not governed by Regulation, but by Statute, under Section 138 (1) of the Education Act, 1921. My hon. Friend may be aware that the Committee on Education and Industry, which has just reported, recommend that the provisions of that Section should be maintained.

Viscountess ASTOR

Will the Noble Lady bear in mind that the Committee also recommend the raising of the school age?