HC Deb 04 February 1943 vol 386 cc1054-5
64. Mr. Edmund Harvey

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has considered details of the proposal for the School Base in connection with the development and reorganisation of the national education system; and whether he is yet in a position to make a statement thereon?

Mr. Butler

My hon. Friend will recollect that when he led a deputation to me on this subject a year ago I pointed out that the general ideas underlying the School Base have for many years been a feature of the Board's policy and accepted practice by local education authorities. At the same time I referred to certain practical objections to pressing the idea too far.

Mr. Harvey

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many education authorities are making their plans and it is very important that they should have an idea of the proposal?

Mr. Butler

I have no doubt that the answer I have given to the Question of the hon. Member will fulfil that desired end.

Sir R. Glyn

Will my right hon. Friend give an indication to the House when this Bill is likely to be introduced?

Mr. Butler

I hope it will be as soon as it is ready.