HC Deb 23 October 1941 vol 374 cc1888-9
24. Mr. Goldie

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, when by order of his Department, schools have been reopened in areas particularly vulnerable to enemy attack it is proposed to take any, and, if so, what, action against parents who decline to permit their children to attend such schools?

Mr. Ede

The enforcement of the law of school attendance is a matter for the local education authority, with whom the power lies to take action appropriate to the local circumstances.

Mr. Goldie

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether representations made by the parents, to the local education authority on the opening of these schools are considered by his Department?

Mr. Ede

The representations would be made to the local education authority and would not of necessity come to us.

Miss Cazalet

Would it not have been wiser to grant greater facilities for these parents to visit their children rather than that the children should be brought back to places like Dover?

Mr. Ede

As the hon. Lady knows, that is a matter for the Minister of Health.