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Grammar School Places

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th May 1957.

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Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth 12:00 am, 9th May 1957

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education whether the grammar school places available per head of the school population in Northumberland and Durham, respectively, are above or below the national average.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

Using the criteria most commonly employed, the opportunities for grammar school education both in Northumberland and in Durham are less than the national average.

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

When the new block grant system comes into operation, shall we be brought up to the national average? If so, I shall really be interested in the matter.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I will not deal with the block grant again, but I can assure my hon. Friend that both authorities plan to increase the proportion of both grammar and technical school places during the next few years, and they are also developing courses leading to the G.C.E. examination in modern schools.

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

May I ask whether they will be above the national average or up to the national average when the new arrangements are brought into operation, and what about the finances?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I do not think that I can forecast as far ahead as that.

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education if he will give the number of grammar school places available per head of the school population in each local education authority's jurisdiction.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I am sending my hon. Friend a table which, I think, will give her the information she wants.

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

Will the table appear in HANSARD so that everybody in the North Country, and not only me, will know the Answer?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I know that many people as well as my hon. Friend are keenly interested in the matter. My noble Friend, in consultation with local authorities, is considering just how this information can most suitably be published, but I beg my hon. Friend to believe that the table is too long to publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham

Could it not be published in the Ministry's Annual Report? That would save the hon. Gentleman a lot of trouble at Question Time?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I will certainly put that point to my noble Friend, and we will consider it.

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds South East

I asked a similar Question some time ago and the hon. Gentleman sent me the information. Will he convey to his hon. Friend the Member for Tynemouth (Dame Irene Ward) that if she would like to see the information in print she will find it in this month's issue of Socialist Digest?

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

Will my hon. Friend consider publishing the table in a Conservative publication?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I have already said that we are considering how it might be published.