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Boarding School Allowance

Volume 374: debated on Thursday 7 October 1976

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they can supply, for the most recent convenient year, a table of the number of boarding pupils assisted by Government Departments at different categories of school in England and Wales, as in Table 26 of the First Volume of the First Report of the Public Schools Commission.

Information in the form requested is not available and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost. Approximate numbers of children for whom boarding school allowance was claimed for the autumn term 1975 are as follows:—

Diplomatic Service1,850
Home Civil Service and Overseas Aid Personnel1,900
Armed Forces22,000
Of these children it is estimated that some 3,000 were in schools maintained by local education authorities, 4,000 in direct grant schools and the remainder in independent schools.