§ * MR. CAMERON CORBETT (Glasgow, Tradeston)
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate if the orphan homes of Scotland are still compelled to pay school rates, while the children are refused the public education to which the homes have to contribute.
§ * THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. A. GRAHAM MURRAY,) Buteshire
I understand that the orphan homes under the management of Mr. Quarrier at Kilmalcolm, to which I presume the hon. Member refers, are subject to the usual rates. The School Board of Kilmalcolm does not hold itself to be under an obligation to provide accommodation in board schools for the large number of children in these homes, in place of the school provision which was made for them up to last year in the homes by those responsible for bringing these children to the parish. The Department has offered, and is still prepared to entertain an application for, annual grants to a school conducted by the authorities of the homes, and if such a school were placed on the annual grant list it would be exempt from assessment in respect of its premises.