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Maintenance Allowances

Volume 237: debated on Thursday 3 April 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Education if he is prepared, in connection with the proposed maintenance grants for school children between 14 and 15, to extend the scheme to those children who remain voluntarily at school beyond 15?

The maintenance allowances authorised by the Education (School Attendance) Bill are restricted to children from the age of 14 up to the age when they cease to be compelled to attend school. But the Bill does not interfere with the existing powers of local education authorities to award scholarships or bursaries, including maintenance allowances, to older children.


asked the President of the Board of Education how many times the advisory committee on school maintenance grants has met; where are the meetings held; and have the members of the committee been informed that the Board of Education do not propose to pay them their out-of-pocket expenses for attending such meetings?

The Committee on Maintenance Allowances has held four meetings and is to meet again to-morrow. The meetings have been held at the office of the Board of Education. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.

Had the Minister any idea that these gentlemen are not to receive any out-of-pocket expenses for the services that they are giving?