30. Miss LEE
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number and percentage of secondary school children in Scotland who receive free education?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Mr. Johnston)
My right hon. Friend regrets that the available statistics do not permit of an answer to the question in the exact form in which it is put. In the year ended 31st July, 1929, the average enrolment of pupils in the post-primary departments of schools conducted under the Secondary Schools (Scotland) Regulations was 79,714, of which number approximately 64,039, or 80 per cent., represents the enrolment in classes in which no school fees were exigible. A relatively small percentage falls to be added in respect of pupils enrolled in fee-paying schools who receive assistance covering outlays on school fees.
While appreciating the very high percentage, may I ask whether there is any likelihood of reaching the 100 per cent., so far as free education in secondary schools is concerned?