§ 4. Mr. Dodds
asked the Minister of Education if she is aware of the concern resulting from the developing practice in State schools of adopting unusual coloured and highly-priced uniforms and badges; and, in view of the need for economy in this direction, to draw the attention of schools to the introduction by the British Colour Council of a range of 16 shades which could be used for inexpensive school uniforms.
§ Miss Horsbrugh
In leaving the provision of distinctive school clothing to the discretion of the responsible school authorities I have made it clear that I 424 expect them to exercise the strictest economy and to avoid any unnecessary expense, either to public funds or to parents. I have no evidence that this discretion is being misused.
The answer to the second part of the Question is, "No, Sir."
§ Mr. Dodds
Is there no one in the Ministry of Education who can advise school heads that bright colours necessitate pure wool being used instead of mixture wools? Is there not some ground for looking into this matter? Does the right hon. Lady not know that manufacturers and, particularly, parents would welcome a greater interest by the Minister of Education?
§ Miss Horsbrugh
An administrative memorandum was sent to schools on 2nd January, 1952, but I left discretion to the school authorities as to the articles of distinctive clothing to be supplied; I urged that the strictest economy should be observed, and asked them to take the opportunity of reviewing the requirements for school uniforms so that unnecessary expenditure, both to public funds and to parents, should be eliminated.