§ Mr. CAIRNS
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that at Woodstock the boys school is sufficiently provided with the. necessary books, but the girls have in many cases to purchase for themselves; whether it has been a common practice for pupils to have to purchase school books; if so, can he state the reason; and whether there is any prospect of full provision in elementary schools of all necessary books?
§ Mr. FISHER
I understand that no children at Woodstock have had to purchase printed books for school use, but that some of the girls have supplemented the stationery supplied for their use at school by exercise books which they have purchased themselves. During the War the strictest economy in stationery has been necessary, but I hope that from now onwards local education authorities will be able to make more liberal provision.