Play Centres, Reception Areas (Teachers).

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 29th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the President of the Board of Education why sanction is refused for providing paid staff for play centres in reception areas?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I assume that my hon. Friend refers to the organised leisure-time activities for evacuated children under the supervision of evacuated teachers on the lines suggested in the Board's Circulars 1474 and 1554. This work is a natural and normal function of the evacuated teacher and is generally accepted by teachers as such. I am not aware of any unwillingness of evacuated teachers to give their services for this work.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Is my right hon. Friend aware that, play centres for munition workers get 100 per cent. grant from the Ministry of Labour, that play centres primarily for local children get 50 per cent. from his own Department, and that play centres for evacuated children get 100 per cent. from the Ministry of Health, and they cannot provide teachers; and as this is the peak age for juvenile delinquency, would it not be as well to encourage the complete provision of play centres for evacuated children?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

The Question which I was asked concerned remuneration of the staff, and I have given the information in regard to the play centres to which the Question referred. I agree that there is a difference between them and the centres organised for war workers.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Will the right hon. Gentleman look into that question?