§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR (for the CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER)
With the permission of the House I will reply to this Question. The school grant, under the terms of the Education Act, 1892, only commenced after the financial year ended March 31, 1892. Accordingly, the financial year 1892–93 was the first for which the sum of 10s. a head was allowed on the basis of the annual average daily attendance of pupils over three and under 15 years of age. The year 1891–92 was that in which a grant in aid, amounting to £90,000, was voted by Parliament for the Teachers' Pension Fund. The average attendance on which the 10s. a head was calculated in respect of the years 1892 to 1896 was as follows:—For the year 1892, 470,794; 1893, 503, 002; 1894, 502, 200; 1895, 495, 897; 1896, 510, 000.