HC Deb 02 July 1917 vol 95 cc750-1
50. Colonel Sir M. WILSON

asked the Prime, Minister whether His Majesty's Government will consider the advisability of providing East London schools with adequate bomb-proof shelters; whether he is aware that the present Regulations require the children to remain in school during an air raid; and whether, in view of the loss of life in one of the East London schools during the recent raid, proper means will be taken to afford immunity as far as possible where large numbers of children are collected together?


I am afraid my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion is impracticable. There is general agreement that, taking all the circumstances into consideration, the risks to which school children are exposed are less if they are kept in school than if they are allowed to run into the streets. My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Education has taken the best advice obtainable and will as soon as possible issue a circular dealing with the matter.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of providing hospitals for factories where persons are working on high explosives?


The hon. Member must give notice of that question.