HC Deb 03 March 1893 vol 9 c979
MR. CROMBIE (Kincardineshire)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether it is the case in Scotland (as the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education has explained to a correspondent it is in England) that School Boards are bound to provide a proper supply of books and other school apparatus, and cannot compel a parent to provide books, either by periodical payment or by purchase?


The Education (Scotland) Act, 1872, which lays on School Boards the obligation to "maintain and keep efficient every school under their management," has not, so far as I am aware, been interpreted to mean that a School Board are bound to provide school books free of charge for the use of scholars. Neither does the Scotch Code make the provision of school books by the managers a condition for receiving the annual Parliamentary Grant. But many School Boards do provide books free of charge, and the Department recognise such expenditure as legitimate.