Registration

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

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will now issue as a White Paper the results of the recent national registration of young people whose ages lay between 16 and 18?

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

In order to gain a better picture of the situation, I have decided to defer consideration of this matter until I have before me the results of the further experience gained of the follow-up of the registration that took place last month, and the fuller reports asked for in Circular 1600, a copy of which I am sending the hon. Member?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

As all the local education authorities have now reported, and as this information is of very great importance for pre-service and other purposes, will my right hon. Friend not let the country have the benefit of this knowledge?

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

I appreciate the importance of giving the House and the country a proper description of what happened. Unfortunately, the situation is not such that I have all the information necessary to give that picture. Therefore, we have approved in Circular 1600, which I hope my hon. Friend will study, the suggestion for making returns. When we have satisfactory returns, I shall be able to give a better picture.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

When is the right hon. Gentleman likely to be able to give to the House a full report on this particular business?

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

As soon as we have the information that will come in as a result of the circulation of this document.

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

Will my right hon. Friend consider issuing a White Paper when the returns are complete?

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

That is what I said I would do in my original answer.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

I beg to give notice that I must reserve the right to raise this matter on the Adjournment.