HC Deb 27 October 1943 vol 393 cc193-4
76. Lady Apsley

asked the President of the Board of Education what immediate provision is being made to give preference in providing free higher education to children of men of His Majesty's Forces who have been killed in this war, and more especially for those children who would have received education at grammar schools and/or universities if their fathers had not been called from their normal occupation to serve in the Forces?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education (Mr. Ede)

The system of special places at grant-aided secondary schools provides for the partial or total remission of fees according to the means of the family. In cases where circumstances change for the worse after the admission of the child to school, authorities have full power to make new or revised awards and to deal specially with hard cases. Similar conditions apply in the case of State scholarships tenable at universities. Grants are also made by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions towards providing children, whose fathers have been disabled or killed in the war, with the educational facilities which they would otherwise have enjoyed.

Lady Apsley

Might I request the hon. Gentleman to make that more generally known?

Mr. Ede

I hope that the Question and answer will have that effect.