§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the President of the Board of Education the number of children in elementary schools of all types in the Wirral, outside the Birkenhead Corporation area, boys and girls, respectively; the number of applicants for secondary education from such children at the end of the appropriate school term in 1922; the number of places in secondary schools at that date, both free and fee-paying; and whether there is any immediate prospect of increasing the secondary school accommodation in the Wirral?
There are about 11,400 boys and 10,500 girls in the public elementary and special schools of the area referred to by the hon. Member. With regard to the second part of the question, 2771W I regret I have no information. The grant-aided secondary schools in the district contain about 630 pupils, of whom about 125 hold free places. In addition, about 240 pupils from the district, of whom 80 hold free places, attend grant-aided secondary schools in Birkenhead, Chester and Wallasey. I have not received any proposals for an early increase of secondary school accommodation in the district.