HC Deb 23 June 1949 vol 466 cc423-4
12. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Education what is the average size of classes in elementary schools in Shropshire today as compared to 1939.

Mr. Tomlinson

The term "elementary school" became obsolete with the coming into operation of the Education Act, 1944. The average size of class in maintained and assisted primary and secondary schools in Shropshire was 28.8 in January, 1949. The comparable figure for 1939 was 31.0.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware, and can he tell me, of the steps actually being taken now to reduce the size of classes? That is one of the factors adversely affecting the operation of the Education Act.

Mr. Tomlinson

Steps are being taken by training more teachers than ever before, and that is the only way to reduce the numbers in classes.

Mr. George Thomas

Is my right hon. Friend aware that if he can attain that figure in all the country he will receive the heart-felt congratulations of this House.