HC Deb 19 December 1935 vol 307 cc1943-4

asked the President of the Board of Education what percentage of children obtained exemption from school attendance in Plymouth and other areas where the school age has been raised to 15?


As the answer contains a considerable number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The percentages of children attending public elementary schools who were granted exemption from school attendance at some time before attaining the age of 15 in the areas which have adopted a by-law raising the age of school attendance to 15 were during 1934–35 as follow:

Per cent.
Cornwall 90
E. Suffolk 86
Bath 92
*Gloucester 92
Plymouth 79
*Cheltenham 79
Chesterfield 92
*Lowestoft 94
*Penzance 96
Caernarvonshire 37
*In these areas the by-laws were in operation during the latter part only of the year.