§ Commander Maitland
asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware that some local authorities granted a holiday on May Day; that these holidays have on occasion been granted by the application of a political party; and whether he will issue a directive to authorities directing them not to grant a school holiday on days which have political associations.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative: to the second and third parts in the negative. The fixing of occasional holidays during term time is a matter for the local education and school authorities.