HC Deb 07 August 1913 vol 56 c1760
59. Mr. BARNES

asked the Secretary for Scotland if he has any official information showing that certain school boards in Scotland are medically treating non-necessitous children on a scale of fees paid by parents, so that there is no loss to the ratepayers; and if he can make a statement on the matter?


When announcing to school boards the amount or Grant allocated to them for medical treatment for the year 1912-13, the Scottish Education Department intimated that when a board so desired, then arrangements for medical treatment might be available for children attending schools in their district; it being understood that a charge should be made for children whose parents are in a position to pay it, and remitted in the case of children dealt with under Section G of the Education (Scotland) Act, 1908. From returns supplied by school boards it appears that eleven boards recovered sums amounting to £47 I5s. 8d. in respect of the treatment of 655 non-necessitous children. Most of these payments were for dental treatment or for spectacles. In the event of the Education (Scotland) Bill becoming law, it is proposed to make a further statement on the subject for the information of school boards.