HC Deb 13 July 1904 vol 137 cc1463-4
DR. THOMPSON (Monaghan, N.)

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education if his attention has been drawn to the recommendations of the deputation which waited, on Monday last, on the Marquess of Londonderry at the Education Office, on the importance of teaching elementary hygiene in the public schools of the country; and if, pending a comprehensive scheme of instruction in matters relating to public health, he will direct that the ten sanitary laws detailed by the President of the British Medical Association shall be tabulated and hung up in a prominent place in each school in Great Britain and Ireland.

(Answered by Sir William Anson.) The Board of Education are considering by what methods the satisfactory teaching of elementary hygiene may be best secured in the schools of the country. Amongst other things it is essential that the instruction should be given by properly qualified teachers. I am doubtful as to the educational value of the method proposed by the hon. Member. I must remind the hon. Member that the powers of the Board only extend to England and Wales.