HC Deb 22 March 1951 vol 485 cc2561-2
19. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Minister of Education if his attention has been drawn to the decision of the Essex Education Committee that secondary school teachers in that county may instruct girls in the use of make-up; and if he will circularise local educational authorities to the effect that this subject should not be included in the curriculum.

Mr. Hardman

My right hon. Friend is aware of this matter, but it is not his general practice to interfere with the curriculum offered by the schools.

Wing Commander Bullus

Would the hon. Gentleman deny that it is the policy of the Minister to displace the three Rs the three Ps—paint, powder and polish?

Mr. Hardman

I think that courses or lessons of any kind in good grooming are of great value not only to boys, but to girls. I hope, as far as the girls are concerned, that what make-up they use is of a durable quality.

Mr. Niall Macpherson

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the materials for this instruction are provided from public funds?

Sir H. Williams

They have not paid Purchase Tax on them.