HC Deb 26 January 1948 vol 446 cc109-10W
Mr. Hastings

asked the Minister of Education how many children between the ages of 5 and 15 are now attending rate-aided schools; and how many private and public schools.

Mr. Tomlinson

The following table gives the information as nearly as it is available for January, 1947, the latest date for which I have figures:—

Children between 5 and 15
Total number of children (estimate) 5,594,000
Number in schools maintained or assisted by local education authorities 4,699,910
Number in direct grant schools 68,735
Number in other schools recognised by the Ministry of Education as efficient 124,834
Others (estimate) 701,000*
* Of these some 380,000 were aged between 14 and 15 and were therefore mostly not in school in January, 1947.