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Volume 161: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1923

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Training Colleges


asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is appointed a Departmental Committee to inquire into the question of training colleges; and, if so, in view of the preponderance of women in the teaching profession, whether he will give an undertaking that women shall be adequately represented on this Committee?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I will certainly bear in mind the suggestion made in the last part of the question.

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman give a more definite answer to the first part of the question?

We got the same answer weeks ago. Has the right hon. Gentleman taken any steps to appoint this Committee?

I said a fortnight ago I was appointing such a Committee. I cannot produce a ready-made one out of my pocket every week. I have to take time to consider who would be suitable Members and to invite them to serve, and that I am doing now.

St George's Day


asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will consider the desirability of making St. George's Day a holiday for English school children, and issuing instructions that the previous day be set apart for special teaching on the great events in English history?

I think the question whether my hon. and gallant. Friend's suggestions should be adopted is one which is rightly left to the discretion of local education and school authorities. I do not doubt that these bodies are fully alive to the importance of the considerations present to his mind.

Is it not the fact that the Scottish and the Welsh celebrate their national saint days in this manner? Is anything likely to be done unless the hon. Gentleman makes a move himself?

I am afraid I have no knowledge of what Scotland may do in this matter. I have no power to require local authorities to do this. If they are willing to do it I shall be only too glad.

Will the hon. Gentleman also consider recommending the local education authorities to give instruction on international history on 30th April and set apart 1st May as an international holiday?

Is it not a fact that St.. George is a more inspiring figure than Herr Karl Marx?