HC Deb 05 March 1970 vol 797 c141W
47. Mr. Pardoe

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total number of non-selective secondary schools at the latest date for which figures are available; and what proportion of these were drawing pupils from the whole or part of the same catchment area as a grammar school.

Mr. Edward Short

In January, 1969 there were 962 such schools in England and Wales. Up-to-date figures for January, 1970 are not yet available, but it is estimated that there are now about 1,200 comprehensive schools. Nor is precise information available on the second point for the picture is constantly changing; but many were to some degree in competition with grammar schools for the most able pupils.

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