In order to gain a better picture of the situation, I have decided to defer consideration of this matter until I have before me the results of the further experience gained of the follow-up of the registration that took place last month, and the fuller reports asked for in Circular 1600, a copy of which I am sending the hon. Member?
As all the local education authorities have now reported, and as this information is of very great importance for pre-service and other purposes, will my right hon. Friend not let the country have the benefit of this knowledge?
I appreciate the importance of giving the House and the country a proper description of what happened. Unfortunately, the situation is not such that I have all the information necessary to give that picture. Therefore, we have approved in Circular 1600, which I hope my hon. Friend will study, the suggestion for making returns. When we have satisfactory returns, I shall be able to give a better picture.