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Voluntary Schools (Assistance)

Volume 467: debated on Friday 22 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Education if he will now consider giving further financial assistance to non-provided schools taking into consideration that 1939 costs which are the present basis of estimates are inadequate; and if he will introduce legislation to meet the financial demands of the present Education Act.

No. The estimates which my hon. Friend has in mind were prepared as a basis for discussion only and it was made clear during the passage of the 1944 Act through Parliament that no undertaking could be given that additional assistance would be given to the voluntary schools if costs increased more than was then expected. In any case legislation of the kind suggestion would upset the balance of the 1944 settlement.