HC Deb 31 January 1952 vol 495 c59W
95. Mr. Anthony Greenwood

asked the Minister of Education what advice she has given to local education authorities about the need for providing traffic wardens for schoolchildren, especially at places where pedestrian crossings have been removed.

Miss Horsbrugh

I have, in consultation with my colleagues, been considering how best to overcome the difficulties which have arisen in many places. It has been decided that the best way to provide this service would be for chief officers of Police to be given definite responsibility for recruiting, training and organising the patrols; this, and the method of financing the service, will be discussed with local authorities in the immediate future. I hope that local education authorities will in the meantime maintain their existing arrangements for the protection of school children.

Mr. Anthony Greenwood

asked the Minister of Education whether she will make clear to local education authorities that the five per cent. cut in expenditure for which she has asked should not be allowed to interfere with the provision of traffic wardens to protect children on their way to school.

Miss Horsbrugh

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I have given to his previous Question.