HC Deb 08 December 1942 vol 385 c1426
25. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what progress has been made towards free and universal education in Newfound land?

The Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Mr. Emrys-Evans)

I am glad to say that, with the co-operation of the Churches and after much preparatory work, the Commission of Government have this year been able to reach one of their main objectives in the educational field. An Act providing for the free and compulsory education of all children between the ages of 7 and 14 was passed in August and came into force on 1st September. It is estimated that, as a result of this Measure, which has caused general gratification in Newfoundland, some 4,000 additional children have been brought within the framework of the educational system.