HC Deb 27 July 1967 vol 751 c949
9. Mr. Emery

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will review the position of transport for children between home and school.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

No, Sir.

Mr. Emery

Does the Minister not realise that the problem for young children of getting to school becomes much more acute with traffic problems, especially in country areas, where there are no pavements? Does she believe that it can be right, in such conditions, that children of six and seven years of age should have to walk along such roads for up to four miles a day?

Mrs. Williams

I agree with the hon. Member. I would draw his attention to the fact that on 12th February, 1965, my right hon. Friend issued a letter to local authorities drawing their attention specifically to road hazards, and making it clear once again that they should adopt a generous attitude towards children travelling for less than the statutory distances where there were road hazards.