HC Deb 13 August 1919 vol 119 cc1339-40W
Colonel Sir A. SPROT

asked the Secretary for Scotland if his attention has been drawn to the appointment of a committee by the Fifes-hire education authority with the object of assisting, out of the education rate, the children of sixty miners who have been on strike at Lochore for three weeks; and whether it is intended that the, statutory provision for feeding necessitous children should apply to cases arising from the parents being involved in labour disputes?


My attention has not been drawn to the appointment of the committee in question, nor have I any knowledge of its. constitution and alleged objects. Under Section 6, however, of the Education (Scotland) Act, 1908, education authorities have certain duties as regards the feeding of school children. The Section prescribes a certain procedure to be followed by the education authority in the exercise of their powers in this matter, and if the education authority exceeds these powers the matter is one for decision by a Court of law.