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Education (Grammar School Places)

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 20 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Education if she will publish in HANSARD a list of local education authorities in whose areas the grammar places form less than 20 per cent. of total secondary places and no premises for grammar places are at present being constructed; and a list of those authorities in whose areas the grammar places form more than 50 per cent. of the total secondary places and new premises for grammar places are at present under construction.

On 30th April last there were eight authorities—Blackburn, Bolton, Bristol, Isles of Scilly, Rutland, Stoke-on-Trent, West Bromwich and West Hartlepool—in whose areas grammar school premises were not under construction, and where, in January, 1953, less than 20 per cent. of the total secondary places in the maintained and assisted schools were secondary grammar places; and four authorities—Westmorland, Caernarvonshire, Merionethshire and Pembrokeshire—in whose areas such premises were under construction and where the percentage was more than 50.The new premises in these latter areas will not result in any addition to the number of grammar school places because they will replace existing premises, some of which will continue to be used for educational purposes.