HC Deb 20 March 1930 vol 236 c2085

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the Chief Medical Officer of the Board has asked the school medical officers throughout the country to submit to him a Report upon the teaching of hygiene in public elementary schools; and will he give directions that in future the local education authority and not its officers shall be requested to furnish such Reports?


There has been some misunderstanding in regard to the Circular referred to. It has, however, been made clear by a subsequent communication to the school medical officers that the inquiry was concerned with the medical effect of the teaching of hygiene in the schools. It has been a practice of many years' standing for the Chief Medical Officer to communicate directly with his colleagues in the school medical service in regard to questions on which their professional opinion is desired.