HC Deb 04 February 1937 vol 319 cc1762-3
49. Mr. G. Macdonald

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of the number of schools closed and the number of teachers and scholars affected by the influenza epidemic, he will consider the advisability of postponing the examinations for scholarships for entrance into secondary schools which are due to take place in the near future?

Mr. Stanley

This is a matter for the local education authorities and governing bodies who are responsible for making the arrangements. They are, I know, alive to the importance of securing that children are not penalised from this cause.

Mr. Macdonald

Will the President of the Board of Education himself take what action he can—I realise his limitations—in order to prevent any child being handicapped in such circumstances?

Mr. Stanley

I think the action of the hon. Member in asking this question and the publicity which has thus been given to the matter will bring it to the attention of local authorities.

Sir R. Young

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman make recommendations?

Mr. Stanley

I do not think that will be necessary. I think the local authorities are fully alive to the position.