§ 66. Mr. LESLIE SCOTT
asked the President of the Board of Education whether, seeing that the practice of sending school children from our great towns for a country holiday either in summer camps or by boarding out, hitherto organised by voluntary effort, has proved of great benefit to the children's health and happiness and widened their outlook upon life, the time has come for the State to regard such summer holidays as an essential and important factor in the child's education; and whether he will consider the feasibility of making arrangements with the War Office and the Ministry of Munitions for the permanent appropriation to that purpose of such of the hutment camps now existing in rural districts as may be suitable for the purpose?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Herbert Lewis)
My right hon. Friend is keenly alive to the importance of the matter referred to in the hon. Member's question, and is ready to give sympathetic consideration to any proposals made by local education authorities on the lines suggested. The Board have not overlooked the point raised in the second part of the question. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of a Circular (No. 1051) on the subject which they issued on 2nd August last.