Is it not rather extraordinary that in summer months there should be nearly 1,500 vacant places in these camps, which are now no longer places of evacuation but most important experiments in boarding-school education? Could the right hon. Gentleman give some explanation?
Not without notice. The House will understand that a number of these camps are in the hands of particular units, secondary schools, and it may be in some cases that there are vacancies owing to the disinclination on the part of local authorities to mix units. That is only one aspect of the matter. I can assure hon. Gentlemen that local education authorities concerned are doing their best to fill the vacancies.