School Children (Public Transport)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lewis Mr Kenneth Lewis , Rutland and Stamford 12:00 am, 25th July 1968

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will review the mileage which children are required to walk to schools before public transport is provided.

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds South East

No, Sir. Under the existing law, local education authorities have adequate discretionary powers.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lewis Mr Kenneth Lewis , Rutland and Stamford

Is the right hon. Lady aware that the local education authority says that the Minister refuses to provide grants for a mileage beyond two miles and that the closing of village schools, which is happening throughout the country, is becoming a major problem, and that, with the change of time which is to take place next year, it will be even worse for children in the winter?

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds South East

The hon. Gentleman is a little confused. There is no specific grant for this purpose. It comes out of the general grant to local authorities and the local education authority has the discretionary power.