§ Mr. Westwood
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the Scottish Education Department's Circular No. M.136, dated April 1939, provides for payment of grants up to 50 per cent. of the approved expenditure incurred by education authorities on the construction of trenches or other suitable shelter accommodation and the provision of materials and equipment, including first-aid equipment, required for the purpose of protection; and will he take steps to secure that in place of the 50 per cent. grant for this purpose there will be substituted a grant at the rates provided for by the Air-Raid Precautions Act. 1937, and that such grants are payable out of the funds of the Lord Privy Seal and not as part of the Education (Scotland) Fund?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the second part, I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given on 25th May and 8th June last by my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal, to questions on the same subject asked by the hon. Members for Farnworth (Mr. Tomlinson) and for Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson).