HC Deb 30 March 1950 vol 473 cc543-4
17. Mr. Gerald Williams

asked the Minister of Education if, owing to the dissatisfaction expressed by school teachers and parents since the withdrawal of the grant for school uniforms, under Circular 210, he will now consider restoring this grant.

Mr. Tomlinson

No, Sir. In the present national situation it is necessary to restrict my Department's expenditure to meeting essential needs.

Mr. Williams

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the cost is not at all high; that school uniform gives a student a pride in his school and ensures good behaviour out of school; and that without school uniforms class distinction will be created between pupils?

Mr. Tomlinson

All of the suggested economies that I have made in education are small. If we are to be governed by the smallness or otherwise of the economy, and not by the educational efficiency, there is no end to what could not be done in this direction.