HC Deb 19 July 1971 vol 821 cc1026-7
24. Mr. Alan Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many councillors were surcharged in Wales in 1970.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

None, Sir.

Mr. Williams

Is not the Minister of State aware that by the end of this year he could face a massive rebellion by Welsh local authorities on the question of free school milk for children? Is he further aware that in Swansea the councillors have voted funds available for the continued provision of free school milk and that those councillors are apparently willing to face the risk of surcharge, distraint of property, and even imprisonment, rather than see our Welsh children denied the free school milk which we consider necessary?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

It is the duty of the District Auditor under Section 228 of the Local Government Act, 1933, to disallow every item of account which is contrary to law.

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