§ 45. Mr. Ian Harvey
asked the Prime Minister whether the speech made by the Minister of National Insurance at Upper Norwood on 8th July on the subject of the teaching of boxing in schools represent the policy of His Majesty's Government.
§ The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)
I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend was, of course, expressing a personal opinion. His Majesty's Government are not responsible for controlling the curriculum in schools, and no question of policy on this subject therefore arises.
§ Mr. Harvey
Will the right hon. Gentleman draw the attention of the right hon. Lady to the importance of self-defence, particularly as a measure of national insurance?
§ Mr. Morrison
I have often seen my right hon. Friend in Parliamentary battle, and I do not think she needs any teaching in the art of self-defence.
§ Colonel Gomme-Duncan
Would the right hon. Gentleman point out to his right hon. Friend, and to the hon. Lady the Member for Coatbridge and Airdrie (Mrs. Mann) that defenceless women can only be protected if boys learn to box at school?
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Did not the full report of the speech say that boxing and the atom bomb were uncivilised, and was 1349 it not the most sensible speech we have had from the Government for many years?
§ Mr. Mott-Radclyffe
Has the right hon. Gentleman considered whether this particular line of argument is likely to appeal to British troops now in action in Malaya?
§ Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite
May I ask whether the Press Association were supplied with a preliminary handout of the speech of the right hon. Lady and; if so, whether she adhered to the text?
§ Mr. Frederic Harris
Can the right hon. Gentleman arrange for the right hon. Lady to make such statements outside the North Croydon constituency, and not cause quite so much disturbance in our part of the world?