HC Deb 14 June 1915 vol 72 cc486-7

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that thousands of teachers not qualified for enlistment are prepared to offer their services for war work during the school holidays this summer; and whether he proposes to take any steps to enable those volunteering their services to be used to the best advantage of the State?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. The Board of Trade, Queen Anne's Chambers, Broadway, S.W., are prepared to receive applications from volunteers to undertake work for national purposes during their holidays. Such applications should give as full particulars as possible of previous experience and conditions in respect of date, period, locality, and character of work subject to which the offer of service is made. My hon. Friend will, of course, understand that it is not altogether an easy matter to utilise such temporary services.


Will the teachers be distributed about the country and not kept in one centre?


I should not like to go into details. We are working in harmony with the Ministry of Munitions. In some respects the teachers will be needed to work centrally, but a great many will be able to do local work.