HC Deb 08 April 1907 vol 172 c10

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he can state, from the last available statistics, the total annual cost, and the rate per head of the population of England and Wales, under each of the following heads: Office of the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Local Government Board for England and Wales, Judiciary, Police, and Education, together with the cost of Civil Government in England and Wales, with the rate per head of the population.

(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) The subjoined statement shows the cost of the respective services, so far as they are charged on the Votes of Parliament or the Consolidated Fund, for the financial year 1905–6. The figures are taken from the statement of net cost appended to the volume of Appropriation Accounts, with adjustments, where necessary, to exclude Scottish or Irish services charged on the English Votes:—

has been made up, and how much under each head.

(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) The grants to the Local Taxation (Ireland) Account have risen from£394,000 to£1,445,000, or by£1,051,000. The cost of Post Office services in Ireland has risen from£808,000 to£1,199,000, or by£391,000. The remainder of the increase (£254,000) is the balance of the movements upward and downward on the remaining Votes for Irish services. It is more than accounted for by the addition of the Ireland Development Grant (£185,000) and the increase (£91,000) in the cost of the Irish Land Commission.