§ SIR JAMES FERGUSSON
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether the Scotch Education Department has decided as to the legality of school boards granting allowances for the board in villages of children residing at distances too great to enable them to attend school from home; and whether, if such allowances are held to be illegal, Her Majesty's Government will consider how children so situated can be provided with education?
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Sir GEORGE TREVELYAN, Glasgow, Bridgeton)
The Scotch Education Department have been advised that there is nothing in the Education Acts which enables School Boards to grant allowances for board under any circumstances, except under the Blind and Deaf Mute Children Act, 1890. The cases where children reside so far from school as to make their attendance impossible are rare, and the Department holds that 1612 each case should be considered on its own merits. We are ready to advise where the circumstances are brought to our notice.