HC Deb 20 May 1943 vol 389 c1222
29. Mr. Sorensen

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is now able to announce when he will introduce his new Education Bill; whether this will include proposals for a comprehensive, expanded school medical service; whether it will also include arrangements respecting religious instruction agreed by the principal ecclesiastical bodies; and if any agreed national syllabus of ethical or religious principles will be recommended?

Mr. Butler

As I have informed the hon. Member on a number of previous occasions, I will make an announcement on the Government's education proposals as a whole as soon as I am in a position to do so. In the meantime I have nothing to add to that statement.

Mr. Sorensen

As it is some time since we were told that a Bill would be introduced, will my right hon. Friend at least give some interim indications of the points to be covered in the Bill?

Mr. Butler

No, Sir, I will certainly not do that. I think it is much better to present the plans as a whole when they have received the approval and support of the Government.

Sir H. Williams

Is it not the case that as soon as the hon. Member has been educated he will not need to ask so many questions?

Mr. George Griffiths

Is not the hon. Member for South Croydon (Sir H. Williams) taking the other Member for his looking-glass?

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