Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1981

Power of local authority to provide meals.

[1914 PM, s. 1]

274.—(1) A local authority may take such steps as it thinks fit for the provision of meals for children in attendance at any national school in its area, and for that purpose—

(a) may associate with itself any committee on which the local authority is represented which will undertake to provide food for those children (in this Chapter called a “school meals committee”); and

(b) may aid that committee by furnishing such building, furniture and apparatus and such officers and servants as may be necessary for the organisation, preparation and serving of such meals;

but, save as hereinafter provided, the local authority shall not incur any expense in respect of the purchase of food to be supplied at such meals.

[1975, s. 18]

(2) Where a local authority is satisfied that not less than one-half of the children attending a national school situated outside the authority's functional area reside either in that area or outside that area but in dwellings owned or provided by the authority, the local authority may determine that this Chapter shall apply to that national school as if it were situated in the authority's functional area.

(3) A local authority may revoke a determination under subsection (2).

(4) The making or revoking of a determination under subsection (2) shall be a reserved function for the purposes of the County Management Acts, 1940 to 1972, and for the purposes of the Acts relating to the management of county boroughs.