HC Deb 16 December 1946 vol 431 cc331-2W
Sir R. Young

asked the Minister of Education how many local education authorities have adopted an agreed syllabus of religious instruction in their schools; how many of these schools are county schools; how many are voluntary

in the years 1930, 1938 and 1945; and the quantities secured from each source.

Mr. Shinwell

The principal sources of supply of petroleum to the U.K. in 1930, 1938 and 1945, and the quantities from each source were as follow:

schools; how many local education authorities have adopted more than one syllabus of religious instruction; and how far these relate to certain pupils only.

Miss Wilkinson

So far as I am aware all local education authorities have in operation syllabuses of religious instruction which are deemed to be agreed syllabuses during the transitional period under Section 114 (4) of the Education Act, 1944. The period during which local education authorities are required to cause an agreed syllabus to be prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Fifth Schedule to the Act does not expire until 31st March, 1947. Agreed syllabuses apply to all county schools and to those voluntary schools which become controlled schools. The number of controlled schools will not be known until the managers and governors have had an opportunity of exercising their options under the proviso to Section 15 (2) of the Act, after the Development Plans for the respective areas in which they are situated have been approved.