Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Free School Books.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health whether his attention has been drawn to the passing of a resolution by the Dublin Corporation asking his Department to permit the striking of a rate for the provision of free school books for necessitous children; if the matter has yet been considered by him; and, if so, with what result.

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. No power is given by law to the Department to authorise the striking of a rate for the purpose mentioned. I can give no undertaking at present with regard to legislation dealing with the free supply of school books.