HC Deb 12 May 1919 vol 115 cc1329-30
47. Captain LOSEBY

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the alarming state of physical unfitness disclosed by the examination of recruits for the purpose of the War, he will consider the advisability of appointing a Royal Commission to examine the whole question of physical training of children throughout the schools of the country in order that full advantage may be taken of the latest experience upon this subject, and to make recommendations?


I have consulted my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Education and the educational authorities of Scotland and Ireland, and I am informed that they are fully alive to the great importance of taking steps to improve the physical training which is given in schools which, to some extent, has necessarily been curtailed during the War. The Government does not consider that the appointment of a Royal Commission is necessary.