HC Deb 24 October 1947 vol 443 cc5-6W
Mr. S. Shephard

asked the Minister of Education how many local education authorities are supplying vouchers to parents of school children enabling them to obtain clothing free of charge; and whether this grant is subject to a means test.

Mr. Tomlinson

My approval is not required to the exercise by local education authorities of their powers for supplying school children with clothing, and the information asked for in the first part of the Question is therefore not available.

Under Section 52 of the Education Act, 1944, the local education authority must require the parent to pay such sums, not exceeding the cost of the clothing, as in their opinion he is able without financial hardship to pay.