§ 23. Mr. Edmund Harvey
asked the President of the Board of Education whether the terms of reference-of the Departmental Committee on public schools will permit the Committee to consider the future position of independent boarding schools not conducted for private profit which do not have membership in the Headmasters' Conference or in the Governing Bodies Association; and, if not, whether he will consider an enlargement of the terms of reference to allow for this?
§ Mr. Ede
The terms of reference, as announced, were calculated to define the meaning of the term "Public School" for the purposes of the inquiry. But the Committee will not be precluded from considering the circumstances of schools outside their purview in so far as they may be relevant to the subject of their inquiry.
§ Mr. Harvey
May I take it that the inquiry will include experimental boarding schools, schools connected with various denominations, co-educational schools and others?
§ Sir Percy Harris
Why is it that the list is, for the most part, confined to schools patronised by the wealthy, and that many other very good schools are put in a lower category?