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School Costs (Parental Contributions)

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 24 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information she has about the extent to which schools request parents to pay for equipment, visits, and other items as a

Attendance in 1978Percentage increases/decrease on 1977
British Museum4,034,431-2·2
British Museum (Natural History)2,910,005-8·9
Geological Museum531,453+4·1
Imperial War Museum1,434,978+3·2
National Gallery2,500,109-6·9
National Maritime Museum1,260,000+0·8
National Portrait Gallery424,658-20·6
Science Museum4,971,894+3·6
Tate Gallery1,080,956+7·5
Victoria and Albert Museum1,934,439-17·3
Wallace Collection144,881-8·5

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what were the total amounts at 1 January 1979 covered by certificates of indemnity issued by the national museums, galleries and libraries

part of, or as an extra in, the education of their children.

None. My Department does not collect such information. Occasional complaints from parents are investigated to establish whether there has been any breach of section 61 of the Education Act 1944.