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Essex (Technical College Facilities)

Volume 437: debated on Monday 5 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Education if he will instruct the Essex Education Committee to refund the fees paid by parents whose children were awarded special places at the day schools of the South-west Essex Technical College and School of Art, but are now unsatisfactorily accommodated in buildings at Hoe Street and Winns Avenue, as none of the facilities which were advertised in the published prospectus of the college from September, 1938–45, on which the parents' choice of schools was based, are available.

No, Sir. Any question of a breach of contract between the local education authority and the parents would be one for the courts to decide. The hon. Member will be aware that since 1st April, 1945, when Part II of the Education Act, 1944, came into operation, no fees have been charged in respect of the education provided in the secondary schools concerned.