§ 5. Mr. John Lee
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will seek powers to ascertain the total value of properties owned by independent and direct-grant schools situated in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Short
I have just reconstituted the Public Schools Commission and announced the names. The Commission will now start to look at the independent day schools and the direct grant schools. I have certain powers with regard to these schools, and I can ask them for any information which is relevant to those powers. At the moment, there is no case for extending that.
§ Sir G. Nabarro
Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that the Workers' Educational Association, submitting its evidence to the Newsom Committee, concluded that it would be utterly impractical in Britain in the foreseeable future to endeavour to abolish the independent fee-paying school?
§ Sir E. Boyle
Could the right hon. Gentleman give a more precise date for when we may expect the report?