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School Children (Foot Comfort)

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 30 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Education whether there has been a recent survey on foot comfort among school children; and with what result.

The importance of giving attention to the condition of children's feet at the time of medical inspection is increasingly recognised by local education authorities. Several have carried out special surveys in recent years. These have suggested that many foot defects are due to ill-fitting or otherwise unsatisfactory footwear.

Can the Minister say whether it is possible for him to impress upon authorities and parents the great need there is for stronger boots for children?

It is a question not of stronger boots but of correctly fitting boots. Education in this matter is needed among parents as well as children.