§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that the Board of Education proposes to keep the schools open during the forthcoming autumn holidays, necessitating consumption of fuel for heating and lighting the school premises to accommodate only a small fraction of the pupils on the school rolls; and whether his Department has agreed to this use of fuel?
Major Lloyd George
Yes, Sir. The question of the heating of schools during the month of October is governed by an administrative memorandum issued by the Board of Education after consultation with my Department. My hon. Friend will see from that memorandum, of which I am sending him a copy, that school central heating plants must not be used unless the school medical officer considers it essential, having regard to all the circumstances of the school, which would naturally include the number of children in attendance.