HC Deb 02 July 1942 vol 381 cc484-5
15. Mr. Oldfield

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has considered the copy sent to him of a resolution which was carried unanimously at a representative meeting of education authorities in Manchester; what action he proposes to take; what is the Green Book; why was it circulated secretly; who was responsible for the policy which has led to the undermining of confidence; and will he give a copy of the book to hon. Members who apply?

Mr. Butler

I have seen a copy of the resolution referred to. The Green Book, which was issued with the approval of my predecessor, is a body of suggestions on the reform of the public system of education, prepared by some officers of my Department to serve as a basis for discussion with the representives of those interests whom the Board habitually consult confidentially on major changes of educational policy. There was therefore nothing improper or even unusual in the confidential issue of this pamphlet. In view of the limited purpose for which it was prepared I do not see my way to enlarge the circulation of this document.

Mr. Oldfield

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the result of the conference which took place and the alarm which it has created in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire?

Mr. Butler

I think that Lancashire and Cheshire have sufficiently stout hearts not to get alarmed.