asked the Minister of Education whether, in view of the shortage of holiday accommodation and the pressure that there will be next year on such accommodation as is available, she will facilitate the staggering of holidays in general by arranging for the staggering of school holidays next summer, spreading them over the four months, June to September.
The staggering of school holidays gives rise to a number of difficulties, but I am prepared to do what I can to co-operate in any general arrangements that may be made for the staggering of the holidays of industrial and other workers. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the Memorandum issued by the Ministry early this year asking local education authorities to adjust school holidays in this way. Further, the new Regulations for Primary and Secondary Schools allow up to a fortnight's leave of absence to be granted to pupils so that they may accompany their parents on holidays which occur in term-time.