§ Mr. Linstead
asked the President of the Board of Education the exact nature of the eyesight tests given at the medical inspections in schools; and whether any optical inspection, as distinct from an external ophthalmic inspection, is made at regular intervals in the case of every school-child.
§ Mr. Butler
All children have their eyesight tested for visual acuity on the occasions of routine medical inspection in the schools, which take place two or three times during their school career. These tests are carried out by the School Medical Officer or by nurses working under his supervision with the use of Snellen's test 2211W type. If the vision is found to be defective, the child is referred for ophthalmology logical examination, carried out for the most part by specialists in ophthalmology, or in some areas by School Medical Officers who have had special experience. If the term "optical inspection" in the second part of the Question means tests of visual acuity the answer is in the affirmative.