HC Deb 04 December 1933 vol 283 cc1293-4
42. Mr. THORNE

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has yet entered into negotiations with representatives of teachers' organisations on the question of the advisability of male school teachers undertaking point duties adjacent to schools.; and has he any statement to make on the subject?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)

Representatives of the Home Office and of the Commissioner of Police have already had some consultation with representatives of the National Union of Teachers, partly with the object of ascertaining whether it would be possible to develop a system, on lines which are being followed in America, by which elder scholars are trained to safeguard the younger when crossing streets near to the schools, but technical difficulties and difficulties arising from the classification of the scholars seem to stand in the way of any measures of that kind. Tentative inquiries which have been made regarding the possibility of the teachers undertaking the duty have not, so far, had any fruitful result.