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School-Leaving Age

Volume 237: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what additional accommodation will be needed if the school-leaving age is raised on 1st April, 1931; how many additional teachers will be required; and what it is estimated the total cost will be, including the proposed maintenance allowances?

The additional number of children for whom accommodation will be needed is estimated at 50,000; the number of additional teachers that will be required at 2,000. The total additional annual expenditure involved, including loan charges on capital expenditure, teachers' salaries, other expenses of maintenance and maintenance allowances is estimated at £1,500,000. The Noble Lady will understand that these estimates are only provisional. The additional requirements will depend not only upon the number of children added to the school rolls but also upon modifications in school organisation which are still being carefully considered by the education authorities.