§ 79. Mr. THURTLE
asked the President of the Board of Education if he has any information in his Department as to the number of vacant places there are for scholars in elementary schools in London, calculated on existing standards at the present time; and if he has similar figures for the rest of England and Wales?
§ Sir C. TREVELYAN
The recognised accommodation of public elementary schools maintained by the London County Council exceeded the average number of children on the register in 1927–28 by 56,872, the corresponding figure for the rest of England and Wales being 1,395,643. My hon. Friend will, of course, realise that any conclusions drawn from these figures are entirely misleading unless the character and distribution of the surplus accommodation are taken into account.