§ 67. Mr. WILLIAM THORNE
asked whether, in consequence of the Government deciding not to proceed with the Education Bill (No. 2), the Government intend to distribute the £50,000 provided for in the Bill to assist the various local authorities in carrying out their medical inspection of school children; and whether it is the intention of the Government to distribute the £10,000 provided for in the same Bill to the various local education authorities whose rate exceeds 1s. 6d. in the £?
The £50,000 referred to by the hon. Member was not dependent upon 2654 the passage of the Bill, and it will be distributed this year under regulations which I hope may be presented this day. In regard to the £100,000 (not £10,000), it is not possible for me to distribute it in the way suggested.
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether it is not possible to distribute the money in precisely the same way as was done by his predecessor, the present Home Secretary?
I explained in introducing the Bill the reasons which actuated the Government in proposing this £100,000, and I have nothing further to add.