HC Deb 30 April 1951 vol 487 c118W
Major Hicks-Beach

asked the Minister of Education the number of boys and girls at present being educated at schools under his jurisdiction without any call on public funds.

Mr. Tomlinson

I estimate that there are about 500,000 children attending independent schools in England and Wales. Some of these children's fees are paid in whole or in part by local education authorities, but I cannot at present state the numbers.