HC Deb 06 April 1936 vol 310 cc2422-3

asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been drawn to the report of the children's care committee of the Wolverhampton education authority; that during the last 12 months 151 children of school age living on the canal boats visiting within the district under their control had not attended school to receive education; and whether he will seek powers to enforce attendance of canal-boat children for educational purposes?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Oliver Stanley)

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I am afraid I cannot undertake to introduce legislation to prohibit the presence of children on canal boats, as suggested in the report.


Will the right hon. Gentleman give some assurance that he will have consideration for the education of these children?


The question was very fully discussed in the House not so very long ago, and this particular proposal was dealt with.