HC Deb 01 October 1942 vol 383 cc916-7
38. Captain Alan Graham

asked the President of the Board of Education, whether, in view of the need of promoting a better understanding of Russia in this country, he will inform the House as to the nature of the scheme of instruction on life in Russia, at present being brought forward by his department; and whether, in order to ensure the balanced perspective essential to any true understanding of a nation, he will provide, in any historical course under this scheme, proportionate time for the study of the 300 years' rule of the House of Romanoff and, in the interests of accurate political theory, see that a clear differentiation is made between the Communism of the late Mr. Trotsky and that of Mr. Stalin.

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

In order to promote a better understanding of Russia, the Board have held some courses for teachers at which qualified persons have lectured on Russian life, institutions and culture. The courses, being very short, have dealt in the main with present-day Russia, but the history and political background of the country have not, of course, been neglected.

Captain Graham

Are the Soviet Government providing us with reciprocal facilities for the teaching of history?

Mr. Ede

That question should be addressed to the Foreign Secretary.

Mr. Shinwell

Could we have at the same time the history of the Conservative party during the same period?

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