§ Mr. Arnold Shaw
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the number of inspections carried out of private schools in the years 1970 to 1974, respectively; and how many such schools were considered to be below the standards laid down by his Department.
§ Mr. Armstrong
The number of independent schools in England formally inspected in each of these years and the number of cases in which notices of complaint were served under Section 71 of the Education Act 1944 in respect of premises, accommodation or instruction, were as follows:
Year Schools inspected Notices of complaint 1970 83 7 1971 143 7 1972 78 4 1973 58 3 1974 146 5
In the case of eight of the schools inspected which had been recognised as efficient by the Secretary of State this recognition was withdrawn following inspection.