Oral Answers to Questions — Camp Schools.

– in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the Minister of Health whether the present billeting allow ance covers the cost of food at a camp school; and, if not, which Department or authority supplies the additional amount?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Billeting allowances as such are not paid in respect of children accommodated at camps under the management of the National Camps Corporation. The cost to the corporation of the maintenance of these children is recovered by the corporation from the local education authorities concerned, and to the extent that the expenditure is not recovered from parents it is reimbursed by my Department as an evacuation expense.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Would it be true to say that the local education authority themselves finance the boarding element in the schools?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I would like to see that question in form.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the Minister of Health what are the total maintenance charges and the charge per head of ad ministering the camp schools now under the National Camps Corporation?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I regret that the information asked for is not readily available. I am communicating with the National Camps Corporation, with a view to obtaining it, and will communicate the result to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

I thank the right hon. Gentleman very much. Would he also convey the information to the President of the Board of Education?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have no doubt that he will see it, but I will do so if necessary.