HC Deb 07 November 1939 vol 353 cc72-3W
Mr. Harvey

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether the closing of any public elementary schools in neutral areas was authorised by the Board; and what steps are being taken by the Board to secure that schools in neutral areas should be reopened?

Mr. Lindsay

All schools in neutral areas were closed for instruction at the outbreak of war, the local education authorities being subsequently notified that the schools might be reopened on or after nth September. It was stated that an important factor in determining the date for reopening was the degree of protection available for the children while in school, and authorities were urged to complete the necessary measures with the least possible delay.