HC Deb 12 July 1928 vol 219 cc2435-6
20. Mr. HARRIS

asked the President of the Board of Education whether the Board of Education are consulted when Officers' Training Corps are instituted in connection with schools on the Board's grant list; whether the Board have any information as to the number of Officers' Training Corps or Cadet Corps, respec- tively, attached to schools on the Board's grant list; whether any instructions have been issued by the Board as to the relations between an Officers' Training Corps or Cadet Corps and the school organisation; and, particularly, whether activities in connection with such bodies should be arranged outside the ordinary school hours?


The answer to the first and third parts of the question is in the negative. As regards the second part, I understand that 69 grant-aided secondery schools in England and Wales have contingents of the Junior Division of the Officers' Training Corps, and 106 have Cadet Corps. As regards the last part, I have no reason to suppose that it is the practice to carry on the work of these corps at times which involve any material interference with the ordinary school instruction.