asked the Minister of Education for what reason his regulations contained in S.R. & O., 1945, No. 1076, paragraph 49, provide for only three routine medical inspections during a child's school life; and whether a further routine inspection at the age of seven plus will be provided for as soon as sufficient medical staff is available.
When this regulation was made many medical officers were on Active Service. It provided for additional inspections at the Minister's direction or with his approval. The whole of the regulations mentioned are now under review, but we still have to be careful not to use too much manpower on routine inspections.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a good deal of concern in my division among teachers and head teachers who say that with the present size of classes it is not always possible for them to spot serious ailments, to sight and hearing for example, and can he hold out hope that when more medical staff is available, he will make provision for more regular inspections?
Yes, Sir. It has always been the intention to get back to the routine inspections which were made prior to the reduction of the numbers owing to active service demands.