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School Attendance (Older Girls)

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 7 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Education how many girls aged 13 to 15 were reported absent from school for reasons other than ill health since the raising of the school-leaving age; and whether he will impress on all parents the importance to the girls of these later years at school.

I regret that the information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available. The enforcement of school attendance is the responsibility of the local education authority and I have no reason to suppose that absenteeism of older girls from avoidable causes is at all widespread.