HC Deb 15 December 1955 vol 547 cc1377-8
29. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Education why he was accompanied by the Public Relations Officer of his Department when addressing the meeting of teachers on Saturday last.

Sir D. Eccles

This officer was not with me during my visit to Warwickshire.

Mr. Beswick

Are we to take it that the Answer is the explanation of the extraordinary contents of that speech? Is the right hon. Gentleman further aware that if any school teacher had addressed a class of school children in terms so full of arrogance and so lacking in taste he would have been lucky to have retained his job?

Sir D. Eccles

I can only suggest to the hon. Member that he consult someone who was there. He would find that the reception of the speech was so different from the reception of the small excerpts which were printed as to make one wonder, indeed, whether it would not have been a good thing to have taken a public relations officer there.