asked the President of the Board of Education if he can give the percentage increase in the number of children in attendance at elementary schools who were between the ages of 9 and 11 years of age on 31st March, 1930, over the number of children of similar age on 31st March, 1928, and the percentage increase in the number of free places in secondary schools available on 1st September,]928, and 1st September, 1930, respectively?
The number of pupils between the ages of 9 and 11 in public elementary schools maintained by local education authorities, as on 31st March, 1930, represents an increase of 41.8 per cent. over the corresponding number as on 31st March, 1928. The number of free places in secondary schools awarded at the beginning of the school year 1930–31 represents an increase of 20.8 per cent. over the corresponding number awarded at the beginning of the school year 1928–29.
Will my hon. Friend draw the attention of the local education authorities to the effect on this matter of what is known as the bulge, and urge the local authorities to make additional provision?
I will bear that suggestion in mind.