Workers' Educational Association

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1942.

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Photo of Major Basil Peto Major Basil Peto , Birmingham King's Norton

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has considered the copy sent to him of a statement made at the Labour Institute at Kettering, on 3rd October, by the acting president of the Workers' Educational Association; and whether he will take steps to ensure that no such partisan or contentious political pronouncements are made in future by officials of grant-aided bodies?

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

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. The acceptance by a body of grant from the Board in respect of its educational work should not be taken as placing a limitation on the right of free speech enjoyed by its officers and members.