HC Deb 26 March 1964 vol 692 cc140-1W
19. Mr. Box

asked the Minister of Education, in view of the fact that Cardiff Education Committee has imposed a penalty of £50 on the father of a boy taken away from technical high school before completing five years' tuition, whether he will issue a circular recommending that local authorities adopt a uniform penalty to be charged in such cases.

Sir E. Boyle

I am not satisfied that school life agreements, and particularly the enforcement of penalty clauses, are justified now that there is a strong tendency for more and more pupils to stay at school beyond the statutory leaving age. I would not wish to endorse the practice by issuing the guidance which my hon. Friend suggests.