§ 39. Mr. J. H. Hollins
asked the President of the Board of Education, whether, in view of the increased interest being taken in this country regarding the necessity for an auxiliary international language and the great possibilities thereof in the promotion of a better understanding between the nations of the world, consideration will be given by the Government to the question of teaching Esperanto in schools, at evening classes and through the medium of the British Broadcasting Corporation?
§ Mr. Ede
My right hon. Friend does not feel that there is sufficient justification for his encouraging the inclusion of Esperanto generally in the curriculum of full-time day schools, particularly in view of the pressure of other subjects of special importance at the present time. The subject has from time to time been included in the curriculum of evening institutes 918 and, no doubt, if there is a demand, it will be more widely included. The question of lessons through the medium of Broadcasting is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Information.
§ Sir Stanley Reed
Is there anyone in the United Kingdom capable of speaking Esperanto at the present time?