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Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 2nd March 1922.

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Photo of Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck , Nottingham South

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asked the President of the Board of Education how many ordinary elementary class teachers in England and in Nottingham, respectively, have more than 50 on the roll of their classes?

Mr. LEWIS:

The number of teachers taking classes containing 50 or more pupils in public elementary schools in England and in Nottingham were, for the year ended the 31st March, 1920, 36,012 and 464, respectively. The total number of classes was 137,346 in England and 863 in Nottingham.

Photo of Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck , Nottingham South

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that the further overcrowding of these classes will be a sad waste of public money? May I have a reply to that question?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

The question of what is waste is a matter of personal opinion. The Noble Lord has his own opinion, no doubt.