§ Mr. Turton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many additional inspectors have now been appointed to carry out the programme outlined in the letter from his Department dated 1st March, 1968 to proprietors of unrecognised independent schools; and if he will make a progress report on the programme.
§ Mr. Edward Short
No inspectors have yet been engaged solely for the purpose246W of inspecting unrecognised independent schools but some of the 51 newly appointed H.M.I.s who are joining the service this year are well qualified for this work and will be used for it as well as for other duties. The first visits to schools under the programme will take place in the autumn term.