HC Deb 28 January 1954 vol 522 c1941
9. Mr. MacColl

asked the Minister of Education when she expects a report from her Departmental Committee on maladjusted children

Miss Horsbrugh

I understand that the committee expect to be able to submit a report to me in the spring or summer of next year.

Mr. MacColl

Is the right hon. Lady aware that a great deal of confusion and uncertainty exists about the right way to treat these unhappy children and that this report is very badly needed in order that local education authorities may know what provision to make? Is she further aware that the Advisory Council on Education in Scotland was able to present Scotland with an excellent report on this subject two years ago and, as a former Member for Dundee, could she not infuse a little Scottish drive into her Department?

Miss Horsbrugh

I shall not enter into a competition between Scotland and England. We realise the immense work which this committee is doing. After all, it has a larger field, numerically, to cover than in the case of Scotland. The terms of reference which have been given to the committee are very comprehensive and although I am anxious to get the report I think all will agree that we want the work done fully and thoroughly.