§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND (Clare, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if he will state whether, and, if so, to what extent and under what circumstances, the schools of various denominations are State-aided in India.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. MORLEY, Montrose Burghs)
The aid given from public funds to schools other than Government schools in India is given solely in respect of secular instruction. No cognisance is taken of the religious teaching, if any, given in such schools. Many denominational schools are in fact aided by the State; but, as they are not shown separately in the returns, the number and the amount of the grants cannot be stated. The amount of the grant is determined by the necessities of the locality and class for; which the school is provided, the efficiency of the school, the expenditure upon it from private sources, and other conditions, none of which has any reference to the teaching of religion.