HC Deb 03 May 1951 vol 487 cc1412-3
63. Mr. Hollis

asked the Minister of Education whether he intends to take any steps under Section 68 of the Education Act, 1944, as the result of the policy adopted by the Middlesex Education Authority towards the appointment of Communist teachers.

Mr. Tomlinson

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 12th April to the hon. Member for Accrington (Mr. H. Hynd).

Mr. Hollis

Does the right hon. Gentleman recollect that last week the Home Secretary said that he, the Minister of Education, was considering this matter? I am not pressing him to take action. He has very limited powers under the Act, and I am doubtful whether they would apply to this case, but I am sure it is desirable that the anxiety of people should be relieved and that they should know where they stand. Has anything happened since the speech of the Home Secretary?

Mr. Tomlinson

No, Sir, he is still considering it.