HC Deb 26 February 1924 vol 170 cc249-50
79. Mr. NICHOL

asked the Secretary for Scotland if he is aware that in Glasgow during June, 1922, 13,750 children were classified as necessitous and were being supplied with meals by the local education authority, whereas during February, 1924, only 407 children were being so fed; if he is aware that this decrease in the numbers is due primarily to the issue by the Scottish Education Department of Circular 51; and what steps he contemplates to remedy this matter?

The SECRETARY for SCOTLAND (Mr. A damson)

The figures quoted in the question are now engaging my attention in connection with the careful inquiry which I am making into this whole matter. I may add that I have invited representatives of the Glasgow Education Authority and of the parish councils of Glasgow and Govan to meet me to-morrow.


As an announcement has been made so far as England is concerned, would it not be possible to remove this Circular, which is a very strong limit to place upon Scottish expenditure?


I am also taking the opportunity of discussing the matter with my hon. Friend and others interested in the question before I finish my inquiry.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consult the Minister of Health?


Will my right hon. Friend ask the Lord Advocate, who was responsible for the decision in Glasgow, if he will withdraw it now?