§ Mr. J. Morrison
asked the Minister of Education the number of refusals of admission to infants' schools since the raising of the school leaving age; and what is now the average infant school entering age as compared with a year ago.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
I regret that this information will not be available until the Returns for January, 1948, now coming in from the local education authorities, have been analysed. Where the admission of some infants to school has had to be deferred beyond the age of five, this is due to such factors as the rise in the birthrate and general building difficulties rather than to the raising of the school-leaving age.