HC Deb 21 December 1944 vol 406 cc1950-1
75. Mr. Vernon Bartlett

asked the Secretary of State for War what plans exist for the restoration of education in those parts of Germany from which the control of the German Government has been removed.

Mr. Arthur Henderson

Very careful consideration has been given to this important question. It is clear that the first step to be taken before German schools can be reopened is a thorough purge of teachers and educational administrators and the elimination of Nazi text-books. When this has been done and sufficient acceptable teachers are available, schools will be progressively re-opened, as and when the military situation permits, priority being given to elementary schools.

Mr. Bartlett

While thanking the Minister for that helpful reply, may I ask him whether he will bear in mind the importance of getting United Nations' agreement on the curricula to be used in schools, because if there are to be different zones of occupation it is important that on such questions as the teaching of history, for instance, there should be a United Nations' curricula?

Mr. Henderson

I will bear my hon. Friend's suggestion in mind.

Sir T. Moore

Are any steps being taken to substitute text-books for the Nazi text-books that are being or will be destroyed?

Mr. Henderson

I shall require notice of that Question.

Mr. Kenneth Lindsay

In view of General Eisenhower's recent broadcast, who is ultimately responsible for the policy which was announced in that broadcast?

Mr. Henderson

I regret to say that I shall require notice of that Question, also.

Mr. Shinwell

Before directing attention to the re-education of the German people would it not be useful to re-educate some of the Tory Members of this House?