HC Deb 18 November 1948 vol 458 cc526-8
4. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Education if he is aware of the improved feeling of goodwill created among the nations by the interchange of school children between the schools on the Continent and this country; and what steps he is taking to extend this principle for the Summer of 1949.

5. Mr. Walker

asked the Minister of Education what steps he is taking to arrange further exchanges of youth leaders with continental and other countries.

Mr. Tomlinson

My Department has recently made a grant towards the establishment of the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges by the Educational Co-operating Body for U.N.E.S.C.O. The Central Bureau is now primarily responsible for educational ex- changes of all kinds, and there is good reason to believe that the volume of exchanges will increase next year.

Mr. Awbery

Will my right hon. Friend get into touch with the various Governments on the Continent with a view to making the exchanges national, rather than leave them for local organisations to arrange?

Mr. Tomlinson

A good deal of work has been done through local voluntary organisations. We are in touch with the representatives of the Ministries of Education in other countries, but we hesitate to put a stop to the work that is being done privately.

Mrs. Leah Manning

Is my right hon. Friend, apart from ordinary educational work, encouraging the youth of the various nations to come on working parties—not from this country only to the Continent, but from continental countries here—in connection with such matters as agriculture and the reconstruction of devastated towns?

Mr. Tomlinson

I should want notice of that question and of the particulars concerned. In so far as this affects my Department, we assist.

Mr. Walker

Is my right hon. Friend aware that at the present moment there are here visitors from Germany, including ministers of religion and leaders of youth organisations, who are here especially to study our methods of youth organisation, and is not that a clear indication that in Germany and other countries on the Continent there is a desire on their part to foster this interchange of visitors for educational and moral purposes

Name Nominated by
H. Rogers.
Other Governors:—
C. D. Law The Institution of the Rubber Industry.
Dr. W. J. S. Naunton The Institution of the Rubber Industry.
F. M. Panzetta, M.B.E. The Institution of the Rubber Industry.
S. D. Sutton The Institution of the Rubber Industry.
H. Willshaw, O.B.E. The Institution of the Rubber Industry.
J. Frankenburg The Federation of British Rubber Manufacturers' Associations.
G. E. Godfrey The Federation of British Rubber Manufacturers' Associations.
M. M. Heywood The Tyre Manufacturers' Conference.
F. G. W. King The Tyre Manufacturers' Conference.
Mr. Tomlinson

Yes, that is perfectly true, and these things have been going on for a long time. It is part of our duty to encourage them, and to see that they are properly organised.

Mr. Charles Williams

Is the right hon. Gentleman doing anything to encourage an exchange of visitors between this country and Russia or this country and Poland?

Mr. Tomlinson

Not at the moment