HC Deb 18 December 1979 vol 976 c174W
Mr. John Mackay

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children attend fee-paying schools in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Good hart

The information is as follows:

Grant-aided grammar schools 57,582
Grant-aided special schools 2,467
Independent schools 503

Fees are paid from public funds for the vast majority of pupils attending grammar schools, and for all pupils attending special schools.