HC Deb 23 July 1953 vol 518 c583
35. Mr. Fernyhough

asked the Minister of Education how many children of five years of age and over are unable to attend school because places are not available for them.

Miss Horsbrugh

I know of about 660 such children whose admission to school has been postponed until next term.

Mr. Fernyhough

Does that mean that the right hon. Lady can give an assurance that after next term there will be no children of five years of age for whom school places are not available?

Miss Horsbrugh

I can, I think, give the assurance that this number of children, who are not being taken into school until the beginning of the term after they become five, will be admitted. I cannot say definitely whether there will be others next term who will have to wait until the term after they are five.