§ Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will examine, with a view to legislation, the practicability of a voucher system for school fees, to assist parental choice and to provide a measure of compensation for parents who pay for their children to go to independent schools.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The question of a voucher system has been examined from time to time. I do not believe it is practicable at present. An earlier priority is to replace or improve those secondary schools which are below standard. This would be more effective in giving a genuine choice to parents.