HC Deb 21 December 1944 vol 406 cc1941-2
58. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Education whether no fees are to be charged from 1st April next, under Section 61 (1) of the Education Act, 1944, in schools which are now in the category of aided, deficiency aided, schools, since these schools are in effect being maintained by the L.E.A.

The Minister of Education (Mr. Butler)

Under the Education Act, 1944, tuition fees in secondary schools at present receiving their grant in the form of aid from local education authorities, will be abolished as from the date on which they become voluntary schools maintained by the authority. During the transitional period between 1st April, 1945, and the date on which they become so maintained, it is contemplated that local education authorities will assist them to the extent necessary under Section 9 (I) of the Act. Such assistance will require my authority and as one of the conditions of authorising it I propose to require that tuition fees shall be abolished in the school.