§ MR. BROOKE (Tower Hamlets, Bow and Bromley)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Education how many of the local authorities in England and Wales have thus far availed themselves of the Provisions of Meals for Indigent Children Act passed last session; and what are the names of those authorities.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION (MR. MCKENNA, Monmouthshire, N.)
Except in cases where it is desired to spend money from the rates upon the purchase of food, local authorities are not required by the Act to inform the Board of Education of their proceedings under it; and I have, therefore, no complete information as to the authorities who have in one way or an; other taken advantage of its provisions. The following seven authorities have been authorised by the Board under Section 3 of the Act to expend moneys out of the rates upon the purchase of food: Aston Manor, Barry, Birmingham, Crewe, Huddersfield, Manchester, and Nottingham. Similar applications from Bradford and Cannock have been received.