§ 26. Mr. Day
asked the President of the Board of Education the number of applications made to him by individual authorities or schools during the previous two years for permission to award free places in secondary schools in excess of the normal maximum; and in how many cases these have been granted?
Since the beginning of the school year 1936–37, there has been no upper limit to the percentage of special places that may be awarded in secondary schools. In the school years 1934–35 and 1935–36, seven local education authorities applied for permission to award special places in excess of 50 per cent. of the total admissions in the previous year, and permission was given in each case.