HC Deb 16 November 1914 vol 68 cc243-4W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of the fact that before the War there was a great majority of women in the United Kingdom and that this will be still greater after the War, he can say what steps the Government are taking to educate women and girls in rural industries so that at the end of the War they may be sufficiently trained to obtain employment in the Dominions, where there are far more men than women?


I have called the attention of the local education authorities, by a Circular dated 14th September last, to the desirability of providing opportuni- ties for instruction in new industries, or industries not yet fully developed, in areas where unemployment exists owing to the War, and have suggested that attention should be given to instruction in domestic subjects for women and girls. The Board, in 1911, issued a Memorandum on the Principles and Methods of Rural Education, and are now engaged on a revision of this Memorandum in concert with the Board of Agriculture, who are now responsible for specialised instruction in technical agricultural subjects for persons over school age.