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Education Advisory Board

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 13 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for War the members of the Army Education Advisory Board; the dates of their appointments; and the occasions on which the Board has met since 1st January, 1953.

I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the members, which shows the year of their appointment. The Board has met five times since 1st January, 1953.

Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to say whether he has examined the report of the Select Committee which looked at this problem after the First World War and recommended that Army education should have a relation to an external body to advise the Secretary of State for War? Has he not now gone back completely on that policy, and is he not aware of the disastrous result which followed a similar policy between the two wars?

Following is the list:

Army Education Advisory Board

Year of appointment


Mr. J. C. Masterman, O.B.E., The Provost, Worcester College, Oxford1952


Mr. O. Barnett, B.E.M., J. P., M.A., President, National Union of Teachers1948
Mrs. Helen C. Bentwich, Vice-Chairman, London County Council1950
Mr. J. E. H. Blackie, Chief Inspector, Ministry of Education1952
Mr. F. Bray, C.B., Under-Secretary, Further Education, Ministry of Education1948
Mr. Ernest Green, M.A., J.P., Late General Secretary, Workers' Educational Association1948
Mr. R. J. Harvey, M. A. Secretary, Advisory Committee on Education in the Colonies1948
Sir Charles Morris, M.A., Vice-Chancellor, The University, Leeds1948
Mr. A. E. Nichols, C.B.E., Headmaster, Nele's School, Exeter1948
Prof. J. N. Nicholson. M.A., Principal, University College, Hull1948
Brigadier W. G. Pidsley, C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C1952
Mr. E. Sydney, M.C., F.L.A., Borough Librarian, Borough of Leyton Public Libraries1948
Mr. P. H. St. J. Wilson, C.B.E., Ministry of Labour and National Service1953
Mr. E. W. Woodhead, M.A., County Education Officer, Kent County Council1948
Prof. J. N. Wright, M.A., Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of St. Andrews, Scotland1948
Mr. Arthur Bryant, C.B.E., M.A.. LL.D., Smedmore House, Nr. Wareham, Dorset1948
Mr. F. J. Swan, B. Sc, M.A., Headmaster, West Norwood County Secondary School1948

Consultant Member:

Mr. G. T. Pringle, Scottish Education Department1948

War Office Observers:

Lieutenant-General Sir Colin Callender, K.B.E., C.B., M.C, Director General of Ministry Training1952
Brigadier M. S. Beddall, O.B.E., Director of Army Education.1952