HC Deb 27 March 1941 vol 370 c716W
Sir W. Jenkins

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will consider the advisability of establishing in Wales a Welsh Department of Education, to function in a similar way to the Welsh Board of Health; and is he aware that, under the present emergency, it would be a great convenience to the administration in the Principality?

Mr. Ramsbotham

As my hon. Friend is aware, the inspectorate of the Welsh Department is stationed in Wales, and the Permanent Secretary of the Department spends a considerable time there and is thus kept in close touch with Welsh thought and opinion on educational matters. In these circumstances, and having regard to the inconveniences which would result from the separation of the Welsh Department from the administrative branches of the Board, and from the executive and clerical grades the staffs of which are common to England and Wales, I do not think on the information before me that the adoption of my hon. Friend's suggestion would conduce to the more efficient conduct of the business of the Department.