Public Schools Committee.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 9th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

asked the President of the Board of Education whether the terms of reference-of the Departmental Committee on public schools will permit the Committee to consider the future position of independent boarding schools not conducted for private profit which do not have membership in the Headmasters' Conference or in the Governing Bodies Association; and, if not, whether he will consider an enlargement of the terms of reference to allow for this?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

The terms of reference, as announced, were calculated to define the meaning of the term "Public School" for the purposes of the inquiry. But the Committee will not be precluded from considering the circumstances of schools outside their purview in so far as they may be relevant to the subject of their inquiry.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Will the inquiry include preparatory boarding schools?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

That is covered in the last few words of my answer.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

May I take it that the inquiry will include experimental boarding schools, schools connected with various denominations, co-educational schools and others?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

Yes, Sir, in so far as they are relevant to the general subject matter of the inquiry.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Why is it that the list is, for the most part, confined to schools patronised by the wealthy, and that many other very good schools are put in a lower category?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

I am by no means sure that the category is lower.