18. Mr. L'ESTRANGE MALONE
asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of the recent accidents in schools, he will take steps to have the existing law amended in order to give local authorities the unfettered right to satisfy themselves that the educational well-being and the personal safety of all children in their area are insured either in institutions provided by them or in other institutions, so that they may not only satisfy themselves as to their condition, but be empowered to require suitable minimum provisions?
Duchess of ATHOLL
I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which was given him in reply to a similar question on the 2nd April as to the powers of local authorities in these matters. My right hon. Friend cannot undertake to introduce legislation for the purpose of enlarging these powers at the present time.