HC Deb 19 November 1970 vol 806 c457W
Mr. J. H. Osborn

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps she will take either to promote grammar schools, encourage and foster grant-aided schools, or assist independent day public schools, in those areas where local authorities only provide comprehensive schools.

Mrs. Thatcher

I believe in a healthy independent sector in education but I cannot provide direct financial assistance to schools which are independent. I am consulting the Direct Grant Joint Committee about the best way for direct-grant schools to continue to make their contribution to our educational system.