§ MR. ALDERMAN W. M'ARTHUR
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether that Clause of the Elementary Education Amendment Act which provides that in cases where continuing Poor Law relief is given to parents it shall be a condition for the continuance of such relief that their children shall be kept at school, and that for this purpose, when necessary, additional relief shall be given, is intended to apply to cases where relief, owing to purely temporary causes, such as illness, is only given for a week or two, or for other very limited periods?
§ MR. SCLATER-BOOTH
I cannot say what was the intention of the clause, but my opinion undoubtedly is, that where relief is given by weekly allowances, or for a period exceeding the interval between the meetings of the Guardians, the case comes within the terms of the Act. If the relief is given by the relieving officer on his own discretion in cases of sudden or urgent necessity, the condition does not apply.