§ Mr. Gurden
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many direct grant schools there are in England and Wales ; how many there were in 1950, 1960 and 1970 ; and how many school places they provided.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
There are now 175 direct grant grammar schools in England and Wales. Following is the information for earlier years :
Date Number of schools Number of pupils* January— 1950 181 84,891 1960 186 110,322 1970 182 119,849 * Full-time equivalent (includes a small number of part-time pupils counted as ½).