HC Deb 05 February 1931 vol 247 cc2106-7
53. Mr. MANDER

asked the President of the Board of Education if he will call for reports as to the relative value for physical development of military training given in the officers' training corps in schools as compared with Swedish and other drill?


The Board's inspectors do not inspect the military training given in the officers' training corps. But for many years the methods of physical training advocated by the Board in their model syllabuses have been based on the Swedish system, which was deliberately adopted after full consideration of various alternatives. I understand that in many schools which have officers' training corps physical training by the Swedish method is also given, and that military training is not considered to be a substitute for it.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say if it is the desire of the Board of Education to main military training from an educational point of view?


I do not think that it has much to do with education.