HC Deb 29 April 1929 vol 227 cc1303-4W

asked the President of the Board of Education how many ex-elementary school pupils were in attendance at British universities during 1928; and how many such pupils were holders of scholarships, maintenance grants, or bursaries provided by the State and by private benefactors?


I have no reliable figures to show the number of ex-elementary school pupils in attendance at the universities; nor have I complete information about private benefactions. It may, however, interest my hon. Friend to know that in 1927–28, 447 out of 629 holders of State scholarships were ex-ele- mentary school pupils, and that during the years 1924–28, out of an average annual number of 3,434 pupils proceeding direct from grant-earning secondary schools to the universities, 2,150 were ex-elementary school pupils. The number of university students holding scholarships or receiving aid in other forms from local authorities and the Board during the academic year 1927–28 was, approximately, 9,500.