HC Deb 15 July 1943 vol 391 cc352-3
28. Mr. Wakefield

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is now in a position to announce the steps he is taking to secure for teachers and pupils in England and Wales opportunities for fuller understanding of the term "Air Age," with its implications similar to the aviation education research project now being sponsored by the Civil Aeronautics Administration in the United States of America?

Mr. Butler

I am not yet in a position to add anything to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend on 15th April. I am examining some of the literature on the subject which has been published in the United States with a view to considering whether any of the arrangements adopted in schools in that country could be adopted here.

Mr. Wakefield

While I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply, is he aware that in over half the high schools in America, apart from the universities, there is a course on aeronautics which they are extending to cover all the high schools there? Does he not think that active steps should be taken as soon as possible to do something in this country along the lines suggested in my Question?

Mr. Butler

It is because of the information contained in the first part of my hon. Friend's Question that I am investigating the subject more closely, after which I shall then be able to give an answer to the latter part of his Question.

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