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Primary Schools (Accommodation)

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Education how many children have been unable, during the past year, on reaching the age of five to obtain entry to a primary school owing to lack of accommodation.

I have no statistics of children who, on reaching the age of five, have been unable during the past year to obtain entry to a primary school owing to lack of accommodation. It is, however, estimated that just over 91 per cent. of the five year old age-group were in maintained primary schools in January, 1950. This was a higher percentage than in any other post-war year.

asked the Minister of Education how many infants of school age have been refused admission to schools this term because of lack of accommodation.

I have no information as to the number of infants of school age who were unable to obtain entry this term to a primary school because of lack of accommodation. It is, however, estimated that just over 91 per cent. of the five year old age-group were in maintained primary schools in January, 1950. This was a higher percentage than in any other post-war year.