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School Books

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any calculations have been made respecting the available supply of suitable school books in the schools in the British zone; and if he is aware that some schools have no books whatever.

While my right hon. Friend has no evidence that any schools are entirely without books, he is well aware that education in all schools is seriously hampered by lack of them. Great efforts are being made to increase the supply within the limitations imposed by the shortage of paper and other production difficulties. Between July, 1945, and the end of March, 1947, a total of 10,394,400 text books were distributed to schools in the British zone of Germany.