Mr. R. C. Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, what evidence he has of the extent to which the spread of plantar warts is encouraged by barefoot physical education in senior girls' schools; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
Evidence on the relation of barefoot physical education, whether in senior girls schools or elsewhere, to the spread of plantar warts is conflicting. The disease is contagious and children with warts should be excluded from swimming, showers at school, and taking part in barefoot activities until the condition is cured. Floors on which barefoot activities are conducted should be in a sound condition with a surface that can be readily cleaned, and should be treated at the end of the day with a standard disinfectant. The floors of the changing room and shower bath should also be disinfected.