HC Deb 07 June 1945 vol 411 cc1050-1
21. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Education whether Draft Regulation 23 has now been withdrawn; and when the promised redrafting of it will be laid upon the Table.

The Minister of Education (Mr. Richard Law)

Regulation 23 of the Draft Primary and Secondary Schools Regulations has been withdrawn in the form in which it was published and a new Regulation has been substituted. The Regulations have now been established and will be laid before the House to-day.

Mr. Driberg

In view of the fact that there is a good deal of anxiety about this matter, could the right hon. Gentleman say how the required 40 days will be affected by the Dissolution of Parliament?

Mr. Law

I think it would be better if the hon. Gentleman waited until he saw the Regulation, and no doubt there will be opportunities for him to put his point of view on this matter.

Mr. Driberg

Could the right hon. Gentleman say how the position of the people concerned with this Regulation will be affected meanwhile?

Mr. Law

I am afraid I cannot answer that question off-hand.

Mr. Ivor Thomas

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it has come as a painful surprise to many who are too young to remember the old controversies to learn that such discriminatory regulations exist in this country?