HC Deb 28 February 1952 vol 496 cc1449-50
35. Mr. L. M. Lever

asked the Minister of Education when the Government propose to introduce legislation to assist financially the denominational schools.

Miss Horsbrugh

I can give no further information at present.

Mr. Lever

Is the Minister aware of the very advanced stage that was reached by the last Government in relation to this all important question, about which every section in this House and in the country is concerned? Will she also take steps to expedite the negotiations that are taking place, so that a happy and harmonious settlement can be reached to assist, financially, the difficulties of the non-provided schools?

Miss Horsbrugh

I am not aware exactly what the hon. Gentleman means by the term "very advanced." As to the stage of the negotiations, I can assure him that I am having discussions with all the interested parties, and hope that, as a result of these discussions, the arrangements made will be, as the hon. Gentleman hoped, regarded as the best obtainable by all concerned.