HC Deb 28 January 1954 vol 522 cc1946-7
21. Mr. Delargy

asked the Minister of Education what guidance she has issued to local education authorities with regard to the occupation of seats on omnibuses by teachers travelling in charge of children if there are insufficient seats for all the children to use

Miss Horsbrugh

None, Sir.

Mr. Delargy

Has the Minister's attention been drawn to a statement made recently by an aldermanic cretin in Derbyshire, that because teachers are the servants of the children teachers should never be allowed to sit in a bus as long as a child is standing? Would she not agree that, since the members of the Derbyshire County Council pretend to be servants of the public, no alderman or councillor in Derbyshire should ever be seated in a bus while anyone else remains standing?

Miss Horsbrugh

I have no control over this matter, but I think it is only fair, as the hon. Gentleman has directed our intention to one announcement in the Press, to remind him that there was a further announcement from the Chief Education Officer in Derbyshire, saying that it had been laid down that teachers were not to travel in school buses if there were not enough places for all the children. The children were to have the opportunity first of travelling in school buses and not the teachers.