HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1507-8
2. Mr. R. A. Butler

asked the Minister of Education whether, in view of the attitude being adopted by certain county local educational authorities towards the closing of one-teacher rural schools, she will make it clear that such a policy will not be approved.

Miss Wilkinson

In view of the different conditions that apply in different areas and localities, I am satisfied that no policy applicable to all one-teacher rural schools should be laid down by my Department; but I shall take steps to ensure that authorities' proposals in this matter are examined in the light of all the relevant considerations, which as the right hon. Gentleman will be aware, were discussed in the Ministry's pamphlet on "The Nation's Schools."