HC Deb 22 November 1917 vol 99 c1401W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether under the present Bill or in some other and, if so, in what manner it is proposed to abolish all fees in the primary schools and secondary schools and universities or any and which of them; and whether he is taking any and, if so, what steps to secure equality of opportunity to all scholars?


Clause 22 of the Education Bill proposes to abolish fees in Public Elementary Schools, but I cannot commit the Government to undertake the abolition of fees in all teaching institutions, which raises much larger issues. I hope that Clause 1 of the Bill and its scheme of procedure will have the effect of securing much greater equality of opportunity.