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On one or two points concerning secondary education there was controversy. The Labour Party pressed for a definite date for the raising of compulsory school age to 16; Mr. Butler refused, on the justifiable grounds that in the circumstances it was quite impossible to ensure that any date could be honoured. Again, the Labour Party wanted all Secondary schools aided from public funds to be made free, and not only the maintained schools. In refusing, Mr. Butler held that parents had the right to pay for their children's education if they so desired-if independent schools only are in question an impeccable argument, but in respect of aided schools one not free from flaws. Thirdly, many speakers protested that the proposed one day a week for compulsory part-time education was not enough. In reply Mr. Chuter Ede, then Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education, warned the House of Commons1 that "we are legislating in this matter in the face of a great tragedy-the failure of the sections of the Act of 1918 that were framed for a similar purpose," and asked members "not to overweight this at the moment" if only because "every time we add an extra day to this first day we require an additional number of teachers."