Comprehensive Schools

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th October 1952.

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Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds North East 12:00 am, 30th October 1952

asked the Prime Minister if the speech of the Minister of Education about the comprehensive school, made to the Conservative Party Conference at Scarborough, represents the policy of the Government.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I have been asked to reply The answer is, "Yes, Sir."

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds North East

Would not the right hon. Gentleman consider that if the Minister of Education had a statement to make affecting the plans of local authorities it would have been much better to send a circular to that effect to them, instead of making a threat at a Conservative Party conference?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

That is quite another question. All the hon. Lady asked was whether that represented Government policy. The answer is, yes.

Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Rugby

Is the Minister aware that the right hon. Lady's statement definitely makes the comprehensive school a party politicial issue on that side of the House, and that teachers everywhere deplore the fact that the Minister should dictate in this fashion what the future plans of local education authorities should be?