HC Deb 11 July 1904 vol 137 cc1190-1

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education, whether the Board has received a statement from many members of the medical profession who, in view of the serious physical and moral conditions of degeneracy and disease resulting from the neglect and infraction of the elementary laws of hygiene, desire the Board of Education to consider whether it would be possible to include in the curricula, both of elementary and secondary schools, such teaching as may lead the young to appreciate the value of healthful physical conditions; and whether he will state the intentions of the Board with regard to the representation.

(Answered by Sir William Anson.)The President of the Board received this afternoon a very influential deputation, introduced by the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire, who presented a petition signed by over 14,000 members of the medical profession. In reply the President expressed his hearty sympathy with the objects which the deputation had put before him, and detailed the steps which have been, and are being, taken to attain those objects in the training of teachers and other directions.