§ 19. Sir E. CAMPBELL
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he is aware that the medical inspection of children in elementary schools does not extend below the waist; and will he take steps to ensure a more thorough examination in the future?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Ramsbotham)
My Noble Friend is aware that the medical inspection of children in elementary schools does not normally extend below the waist or necessitate the entire stripping of every child. In cases, however, where there is reason to suspect the existence of a defect which requires a more complete examination, suitable arrangements are made for this to be carried out. My Noble Friend is not satisfied that the advantages of making a complete examination as a routine practice would justify its adoption, in view of the objections which might be raised by parents.
§ Sir E. CAMPBELL
Would the hon. Gentleman be willing on some future occasion to receive a deputation of those interested in boys' club work, who have a great deal of knowledge on the subject?