HC Deb 22 March 1912 vol 35 cc2430-1W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the Cambuslang School Board, at a special meeting on the 20th inst., refused to apply the powers vested in boards under Clauses 3 and 6 of the Education (Scotland) Act, 1908, by which they are empowered to-provide accommodation, apparatus, equipment, and service for the preparation and supply of meals to school children, and to supply meals out of the school fund to children who are unable by lack of food' to take full advantage of the education provided; and whether, as there are numbers of such children in Cambuslang and other districts whose condition at present is that contemplated by the Act in the Clauses aforesaid, he will remind school boards that it is obligatory upon them to see that the needs of the children are provided for, irrespective of the causes which have led to their being in that condition, or of any action the board may deem it necessary to take subsequently to-recover the cost from the parent or guardian?


As regards the first part of the question, I have as yet no information as to the special meeting of the Cambuslang School Board on the 20th instant to which the hon. Member refers, but I am making inquiry. As regards the second part of the question, I have no reason to believe that the Scottish School Boards require to be reminded of of the provisions of the Sections referred to by the hon. Member.