HC Deb 01 February 1951 vol 483 c134W
80. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Education whether, in view of the wide disparity that exists between local education authorities in the provision of grammar school and technical school places and in the methods of selection of children for grammar and technical secondary education, he will set up a committee to examine these problems.

Mr. Tomlinson

No. The problem is largely one of accommodation. The admitted disparity in available places cannot be overcome immediately because of the necessity for devoting educational building resources to meeting the needs arising from the increased birth-rate and the movement of population. Appropriate provision is, however, proposed in the local education authorities' development plans and these will be implemented as soon as circumstances permit. I am already examining local education authorities' arrangements for the selection of pupils for transfer to different types of secondary school.