School Children (Provision of Meals).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 18th May 1922.

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asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that, owing to continued unemployment, the present cost of school feeding is imposing an extra charge upon the ratepayers in England and Wales of over £30,000 per month in excess of last year on account of the Government's reduction of the grant in aid; and whether, in view of the seriousness of this burden, the Government propose to take any steps to prevent this additional cost being thrown on industrial and other districts already heavily over rated?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I can add nothing to the answer given by the Leader of the House on the 8th May to questions put by the hon. Member and the hon. Member for the Dartford Division.


Why should expenses which were a national charge last year be a charge on local authorities this year, when the rates are so much higher than they were last year?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That is a matter for argument.