THE MASTER OF ELIBANK (Edinburgh, Midlothian)
To ask the Secretary for Scotland if he is aware that the ratepayers of Corstorphine, Midlothian, are charged with the education of sixty-five boys and girls who, under a sheriffs' or magistrates' committal order, have been sent from various parts of Scotland to an institution in that locality, managed and directed by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; and, if so, whether he will consider the advisability of introducing legislation to relieve a country educational authority from: bearing the burden of educating children unconnected with its district.
(Answered by Mr. A. Graham Murray.) The circumstances referred to in the Question have been brought before the Department. The point involved is one of great difficulty, and I do not think it expedient to pronounce an opinion as to the best method of dealing with it in anticipation of the Bill of which I have given notice.