§ Mr. KEIR HARDIE
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has received a resolution passed by the Mountain Ash education authority, to the effect that the members do not feel justified in incurring any fresh capital expenditure for building or enlarging schools within their area until they receive a definite assurance from the Government that three-fourths of their expenditure in excess of 1s. 6d. in the £ shall be met from the National Exchequer; whether other necessitous school areas have passed or are considering a similar resolution; and whether, in view of the seriousness of the situation which is thus being created, he will insist upon the Treasury coming to an immediate decision on the question of a further Grant being made this year to the necessitous areas?
§ Mr. J. A. PEASE
I have received resolutions from several local authorities, including Mountain Ash, upon the subject of the special Grant; but the words quoted by the hon. Member occur in the resolution received, not from Mountain Ash, but from Aberdare. I cannot say whether any other authorities are considering a similar resolution. With regard to the last part of the question, I am unable to add anything to the answer given to the hon. Member by me on 21st April.