Manual Training.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the loss to educational efficiency in a number of grant-aided secondary schools in which the workshops or manual training centres are no longer made use of owing to war conditions; and whether he will encourage the resumption of training in woodwork wherever this is possible?

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

I am aware that certain secondary schools are finding difficulty in maintaining normal instruction in manual training, owing to causes arising out of the war. I am anxious to help such schools to overcome their difficulties, so far as this is possible, and if my hon. Friend has any particular cases in mind I shall be pleased to investigate them.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

Is the right hon Gentleman aware that one of the difficulties is the shortage of wood? Will he get in touch with the Ministry of Aircraft Production in order to make use of waste wood, which might be of great service?

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

Yes; I have had an opportunity of going around the country and seeing the schools, and I am in touch with the authorities, to see what we can do.