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Education Bill

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 20 May 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is now able to announce when he will introduce his new Education Bill; whether this will include proposals for a comprehensive, expanded school medical service; whether it will also include arrangements respecting religious instruction agreed by the principal ecclesiastical bodies; and if any agreed national syllabus of ethical or religious principles will be recommended?

As I have informed the hon. Member on a number of previous occasions, I will make an announcement on the Government's education proposals as a whole as soon as I am in a position to do so. In the meantime I have nothing to add to that statement.

As it is some time since we were told that a Bill would be introduced, will my right hon. Friend at least give some interim indications of the points to be covered in the Bill?

No, Sir, I will certainly not do that. I think it is much better to present the plans as a whole when they have received the approval and support of the Government.

Is it not the case that as soon as the hon. Member has been educated he will not need to ask so many questions?

Is not the hon. Member for South Croydon (Sir H. Williams) taking the other Member for his looking-glass?