§ MR. W. T. WILSON (Lancashire, Westhoughton)
To ask the President of the Board of Education whether, when application is made by local authorities to the Board to sanction expenditure from the rates to provide free meals for necessitous school children, the Board has refused its sanction, insisting that voluntary effort must precede the expenditure of public money.
(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) No application which satisfies the requirements of Section 3 of the Provision of Meals Act has been rejected, and I am not aware that the Board of Education have ever assumed the attitude which is indicated by the Question.