HC Deb 29 July 1903 vol 126 cc684-5
MR. ALFRED DAVIES (Carmarthen Boroughs)

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state in detail, as far as he can, the cost of education in all its branches, more especially schools, colleges, Universities, and museums, to the National Exchequer.


I can only refer the hon. Member to the Civil Service Estimates (Votes in Class IV., the Vote for the Irish Department of Agriculture in Class II. and Sub-head E. of the Vote for the Board of Agriculture, England, in the same Class) where he will find the sums voted for the services in question. In addition, certain sums are paid annually from the Consolidated Fund—viz., £7,000 to each of the three Queen's Colleges in Ireland, and various small and miscellaneous sums which will be found set out on pages 55 and 56 of the Finance Accounts 1902–3, (House of Commons Paper 219 of 1903).


Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that I have been in the library and had the assistance of the librarian and have been unable to get these particulars? I will repeat the Question this day week in the hope that I may get a full reply.


I do not think a public Department should be called upon to make up statistical information for hon. Members when they can obtain it for themselves. I have given the hon. Member the full information which will enable him to obtain what he requires without the assistance of the librarian.