§ DR. MACNAMARA (Camberwell, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Board of Education whether he can state for the year 1903–4 the amount of money per head of the children in average attendance in the public elementary schools of England and Wales contributed from the Imperial Exchequer and from local rates respectively on account of educational maintenance, the amount per child in average attendance spent on teachers' salaries, and the amount per child in average attendance spent on books and apparatus.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION (Sir WILLIAM ANSON.) Oxford University
The amount of grant provided in the Estimates for 1903–4 for public elementary schools, i.e., the annual grant, fee grant, and aid grant, amounted to £1 18s. 3¾. per child in average attendance. Owing to the year 1903–4 having 599 been a period of transition, the Board have not found it possible to collect any figures from which any accurate or reliable estimate can be deduced of the sum per child in average attendance contributed from local rates. The Board have no information as to the total amount expended on teachers' salaries during the period; the amount expended on the salaries of certificated teachers was about £1 10s. per child in average attendance. The Board have no information as to the amount expended on "books and apparatus."