§ 2. Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Minister of Education what instructions are issued to local education authorities on the provision of pens and pencils for pupils.
§ Mr. Smith
Would my right hon. Friend consider circularising the various local education authorities, in view of the recently published survey on behalf of a pen manufacturing company in which it was alleged—and I quote:Although new school buildings are being equipped with every modern device, an alarmingly high proportion do not provide writing instruments. One school said its allocation was one pencil per pupil per year.