HC Deb 04 November 1946 vol 428 cc187-8W
121. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements are being made for the general and political education of the Poles now being settled in this country; and if he will afford facilities to representatives of the Polish Government, the Workers' Educational Association and other appropriate bodies to organise lectures and other educational activities for their benefit.

Mr. J. Freeman

General and prevocational education for members of the Polish Resettlement Corps will be on similar lines to that provided for British troops under the Army Education Scheme, with of course a marked emphasis on English subjects. Courses on British institutions and ways of life, based on the volume called "The British Way and Purpose" which we use in the Army, are being arranged. We may be able to supplement this by lectures by civilians nominated by the Regional Committees of the Central Advisory Council for Adult Education in His Majesty's Forces, on which the Workers' Educational Association and other voluntary bodies are represented. English-speaking Poles will be eligible for courses at formation colleges and for War Office correspondence courses. The vocational training of the Polish Resettlement Corps is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service. The Education Branch of the Interim Treasury Committee on Polish Affairs, in consultation with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and National Service, are arranging for the further education of members of the Polish Resettlement Corps on similar lines to those applicable to British troops after their release. The Committee is also responsible for the education of Polish dependants and Polish children until they can be absorbed into British children's schools.