School Uniforms

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons on 15th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Parker Mr John Parker , Romford

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will take powers to compel all boys' schools with a school uniform to replace existing clothing as it wears out by a simple wartime uniform of shorts, lumber jackets and other articles for saving material?

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

I have already asked all secondary schools to discontinue school uniforms and to allow parents reasonable discretion in the choice of clothes for their children, I understand that in the great majority of cases this has been done. Thus, I prefer not to replace one uniform with another, but I am in consultation with my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade about the most economical type of clothing for use in schools?