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Provision Of Meals

Volume 155: debated on Monday 19 June 1922

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asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has received any protests from local authorities against the contents of Circular 1261, issued on the 17th May, 1922, relative to the Education (Provision of Meals) Acts; and whether he will take into consideration in this connection the varied claims of localities, particularly mining districts, which suffer from trade depression and low wages more than others?

I have received protests from five local education authorities and three boards of guardians against the policy outlined in Circular 1261. In distributing the sum which may be voted by Parliament in aid of the expenditure of local education authorities under the Provision of Meals Acts, the Board will have regard to the relevant circumstances of different areas subject to the considerations mentioned in the Circular.