HC Deb 20 April 1950 vol 474 c325
75. Wing-Commander Bullus

asked the Minister of Education what steps he proposes to take to meet the danger in some areas that, either half-time education may have to be introduced for the youngest children or, alternatively, that some children may have to remain out of school until they are five and a half or six years of age.

Mr. Tomlinson

The school building programme places special emphasis on the provision of accommodation for the increasing number of children coming into the schools as a result of the rise in the birth-rate. There may be a few areas in which admissions will have to be restricted until new school buildings become available, but in 1949, the latest period for which information is available, it is estimated that 90 per cent. of the five year-old age group was in maintained primary schools. This was a higher percentage than in any other post-war year up to that time.