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Adult Education

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham 12:00 am, 28th November 1957

asked the Minister of Education whether he will remove the financial restrictions on adult education imposed by his Department in March, 1957.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

No, Sir, not in present circumstances.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham

Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the wise and splendid words written on this subject by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Woodford (Sir W. Churchill) when an earlier attack was launched by this Government on adult education, when he said: There is perhaps no branch of our vast educational system which should more attract within its particular sphere the aid and encouragement of the State than adult education…. The appetite of adults to be shown the foundations and processes of thought"—

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Speech.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham

—"will never be denied by a British Administration cherishing the continuity of our island life.

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

Order. That is quite enough. The hon. Member should give us his own views rather than the views of someone else.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham

With respect, Mr. Speaker, I thought I might legitimately quote from an example of what the same right hon. Gentleman calls, in a part I have refrained from quoting, "the ever-conquering English language." I wish to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether or not he wishes to cherish the continuity of our island life in the way recommended by his right hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

Certainly. Sir; but in view of what the hon. Gentleman has said, it is remarkable that there was not much greater financial provision made by himself and his right hon. and hon. Friends than by the present Government.

Photo of Sir Gerald Nabarro Sir Gerald Nabarro , Kidderminster

Rub it in. A very polished performance.