HC Deb 29 September 1942 vol 383 cc692-3W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that fewer than seven per cent. of children on the school rolls of the London County Council attended the holiday clubs conducted at its schools during the recent summer holidays; whether the London County Council was in any way consulted before the issue of circular 1596; what protests were made by the council against the proposal when it was communicated to it, and whether, in view of the small attendance recorded throughout the country, it is proposed to open the schools during the forthcoming autumn holidays with the attendant use of fuel for heating the school premises?

Mr. Butler

I have received reports of, the attendance at the London. County Council holiday clubs but I do not accept the implication in the Question that they were unnecessary or that they failed in their purpose. Experience may prompt some modifications in the arrangements and the authority will have this in mind in planning, as they are doing, to open a number of clubs during the autumn holiday. The London County Council were not consulted before the issue of circular 1596: nor did they protest. What had, in essence, been their practice for the past two years was recommended for general adoption.