HC Deb 27 November 1930 vol 245 cc1483-4
56. Mr. EDE

asked the President of the Board of Education if, in view of the abnormally high birth-rate of the year 1920, he will state what steps he proposes to take that at least the same proportion of children born in that year as in the immediately preceding years shall obtain an education in a secondary school?


In Circular 1397, issued in May, 1928, the Board drew the attention of local education authorities to the greatly increased number of pupils who would be seeking admission to secondary schools in 1931 and 1932, and suggested various measures which might be taken to meet the situation. I hope, therefore, that the proportion of children born in 1920 who secure admission to secondary schools will show no decrease as compared with the immediately preceding years.


In view of the rapid approach to the date when these children should normally enter the secondary schools, is my right hon. Friend taking any steps to see how far the local education authorities are carrying out what was urged upon them in Circular 1397?


A great many of them are very actively employed building new secondary schools in order to provide new secondary school accommodation.