HC Deb 14 May 1925 vol 183 c2059W

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the Report of the school medical officer for the Sheffield education authority for the year 1924, in which it is stated that the number of children estimated to be below normal is larger than in 1923, when there was already some decline apparent, and the further statement that in other education areas similar Reports are being made, and that most experienced teachers are convinced that the physique of children born within the War period will not bear comparison with those of the preceding decade; and whether he can state what measures the Government is taking or has in contemplation with a view to the application of any possible remedies and the prevention of any further lowering of children's physique?


I have been asked to reply to this Question. I have seen the Report in question, but, while in no way questioning its findings as regards Sheffield, I may point out that, as regards the country as a whole, such examination as has at present been made of the Medical Officers' Reports received for 1924 does not appear to indicate the prevalence of such conditions generally. I can assure the hon. Member that I shall continue to do my best to encourage the development of all forms of remedial treatment for school children.