HC Deb 16 June 1942 vol 380 c1382
57. Captain Studholme

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is satisfied that full advantage is being taken of the presence in country districts of elementary and secondary schools from urban areas to teach the children in those schools the importance of the countryside and country life from a national point of view; whether they are taught proper consideration for crops, woodlands and farm property in general; and, if not, will he take steps to ensure that this unique opportunity is not missed?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education (Mr. Ede)

Yes, Sir. In Circular 1474, of which I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend a copy, the Board suggested various ways in which an understanding and appreciation of the countryside and country life could be developed among evacuated school children. Pamphlets encouraging the participation of children in various country pursuits are also issued from time to time. Reports received from His Majesty's Inspectors indicate that good use is being made of these opportunities by evacuated schools.

Mr. de la Bère

Does the hon. Gentleman realise the value of a clear, simple and precise pamphlet? Some are very ambiguous.

Mr. Ede

I can assure the hon. Member that these are so clear, simple and precise that one might imagine they had been written by himself.