HC Deb 10 November 1955 vol 545 cc1988-9
21. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to give an estimate of the cost of allowing tuition fees at independent schools and colleges to rank for Income Tax relief.

Mr. H. Brooke

About £10 to £12 million a year.

Sir I. Fraser

Will my right hon. Friend represent to the Chancellor the very great advantage to the nation of facilitating education of this kind, and also the equity and fairness of helping those who try to help themselves?

Mr. Brooke

This is a matter to which my right hon. Friend has promised that he would give consideration, but there is nothing that I can add to that today.

Miss Bacon

Is the Financial Secretary aware that the amount involved is insignificant compared with the scandal of perpetuating a class system of education at the expense of the Exchequer?

Mr. Brooke

It is a very good thing that those parents who wish to make sacrifices for their children's schooling should be enabled so to do.