§ Mr. Parker
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he will give an estimate of the total numbers of children aged 5 to 10, 11 to 14, 15, and 16 on the registers of public elementary schools in England and Wales in each of the years 1938 to 1948, inclusive, on the assumption that no exemptions from school attendance are granted under Sections 2 and 5 of the Education Act, 1936?
I would refer the hon. Member to Circular 1426 issued by the Board in April, 1933. This circular contains a report by the Government Actuary reviewing the estimate of the numbers of children in schools given by him in 1928 and carrying that estimate to 1948. The additional age group between 14 and 15 years of age is estimated to be approximately 500,000 for the first complete year after the Appointed Day under the Education Act, 1936, declining subsequently as indicated in the report.