HC Deb 26 November 1920 vol 135 cc814-5W
Lieut.-Colonel JAMES

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has issued any instructions to officials employed in his Department restraining them from treating highly controversial political questions as part and parcel of the educational curriculum; if such orders are in existence; whether these orders have been scrupulously observed or otherwise; and, if the answer is in the negative, whether he will satisfy himself that the taxpayer is protected against the partisan zeal of departmental employés?


No such instructions have been issued or are necessary. Every officer of the Board of Education is fully aware that matters which involve controversial political issues must be referred to the political heads of the Department before action is taken in respect of them, and I am sure that this principle is scrupulously observed by them.