HC Deb 28 February 1952 vol 496 cc178-9W
80. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Education how many scholarships are available for grammar schools for boys, for girls, and for boys or girls, respectively; how many there are in each of these categories; and what statistics she has suggesting that girls win scholarships more easily than boys.

Miss Horsbrugh

Of the 290,000 boys and 280,000 girls aged 13 in January, 1951, 50,800 boys and 51,700 girls were receiving grammar education free of charge in grant aided schools. I have no figures of places available and no other statistics which suggest that girls do better in the allocation tests than boys.

82. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Education what percentage of children in Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Hampshire, respectively, receive grammar school education.

Miss Horsbrugh

My information does not enable me to give a precise answer, but the following figures show the percentage of 13 year old children who receive a grammar education in maintained schools in the areas concerned. The figures also cover those children for whom the local education authority pay fees at direct grant schools.

Southampton 21.5
Portsmouth 20.4
Bournemouth 21.6
Hampshire 17.0