HC Deb 08 February 1945 vol 407 cc2236-7W
Mr. Lindsay

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware of the decline of 19 per cent. in evening school institutes in London, including a reduction of 3,000 enrolments for A.T.C. classes, and that Southend reports a large drop in enrolments for youth organisations; and whether this decline is general.

Mr. Butler

I am aware of the decrease of 19 per cent. in the numbers enrolled in London evening institutes in November, 1944, as compared with November, 1943. This decrease appears to be due to adverse conditions specially affecting London and the immediate neighbourhood. There is no reason to think that there has been a general decline in total enrolments. I am inquiring about the position in Southend.