HC Deb 10 July 1924 vol 175 cc2487-8W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, before giving his consent to proposals made to him by local education authorities for raising the school age to 15 and 16, he will insist that schemes for the payment of maintenance grants as a matter of right and without question shall form part of the proposals for raising the school age?


I am anxious to receive well-considered proposals for rais- ing the age of compulsory school attendance, and these, no doubt, will be accompanied by proposals for maintenance allowances. I should welcome a liberal exercise of the local education authorities' discretion in the award of such allowances, subject to compliance with the conditions laid down in Schedule VII of the Code; but I am not disposed to embark on so extensive an interference with the discretion of local education authorities as is suggested.