HC Deb 29 June 1914 vol 64 c22

asked the President of the Board of Education whether local education authorities have the power to board-out children in suitable homes near the public elementary schools which they are attending; and, if not, whether it is the intention to confer such powers upon local education authorities?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)

Local education authorities have no such power, except in the case of blind, deaf, defective, or epileptic children, who can be boarded-out with a view to their attendance at special classes in public elementary schools. It will be remembered that the Administrative Provisions Bill of 1911 as introduced contained a Clause to give-effect to this proposal, but the Clause was, not proceeded with owing to opposition.