HC Deb 06 May 1912 vol 38 cc10-1

asked, in view of the fact that the Regulations under which Grants in respect of medical treatment and care of children attending public elementary schools in England and Wales will be made by the Board of Education during the year ending 31st March, 1913, are not capable of being interpreted by local education authorities in such a manner as to enable them to form any estimate of the amount of Grant which they may expect to receive during the current financial year, how and to what extent the six matters referred to in Clause 5 of the Regulations will be taken into consideration by the Board of Education in fixing the Grant payable to each authority?


It would be very difficult until further experience is available to construct a scale of Grants for medical treatment, and I am sure it would not be in the interest of local education authorities that I should attempt to do so. Any scale which could be now put forward would have to allow a very large margin of safety and would probably on that account, appear illiberal. I may, however, say that in considering the Grant for this year I hope to adopt 50 per cent. of the expenditure of which the Regulations take cognisance as the standard Grant?