HC Deb 15 December 1955 vol 547 cc1372-3
16. Mr. Peyton

asked the Minister of Education if his attention has been called to a recent offer of films and books containing Communist propaganda for use in schools; and what action he is taking to prevent the dissemination of such propaganda in schools under his control.

Sir D. Eccles

I think we can rely on teachers to use a proper discretion in selecting material for use in schools.

Mr. Peyton

Through his right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary, will my right hon. Friend at least make some offer to the Soviet Union so that they may have the benefit of accurate, and not misleading, information from this country? Does he not think it somewhat strange that these suggestions should be made in this country just after Mr. Molotov's definite and firm refusal to permit any free interchange of cultural information at Geneva?

Sir D. Eccles

I told some Russian teachers the other day that I would be delighted to let them have some of our textbooks.

Mr. D. Jones

Can the Minister say whether his right hon. Friend the Member for Woodford (Sir W. Churchill) got any information about technical education by looking at these films?