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Boarding Schools

Volume 650: debated on Thursday 30 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Education how many weekly boarding places are at present offered by State secondary weekly boarding schools.

There are nearly 9,600 boarding places in maintained secondary schools in England and Wales. I cannot say how many of the pupils concerned return home at weekends.

Will the Minister say what is the approximate cost of one of these places, and how much a parent has to contribute to that cost?

Not without notice. Indeed, the places are rather different. Some are in hostels, and in other cases arrangements are made for pupils to live with families.


asked the Minister of Education which local authorities have submitted plans to him for the purchase, and conversion into secondary weekly boarding schools, of large country houses now on the market in their areas.

In that case, will the right hon. Gentleman consider sending a circular to local authorities suggesting that they might prepare plans along these lines?