§ DR. COOPER (Southwark, Bermondsey)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he can state the weekly cost per child of the children in the Shirley Poor Law Schools; how much of this is expended on maintenance, administrative charges, loan, and sinking fund; whether the weekly charge is less this year than last; whether any, and, if any, how many, of the boys are required to work on the farm and girls on housework as half-timers; and whether he can state the percentage of children passing the sixth standard before leaving the school.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (MR. JOHN BURNS, Battersea)
The average weekly cost per child in the year ending Michaelmas, 1906, was 20s. 6½d. Of this, the sum of 5s. 9½d. represented the average cost of maintenance, 8s. 8½d. the average cost in respect of the staff and miscellaneous expenditure, and 6s. 0½d. the charges in respect of loans. The average weekly cost per child in the year ended Michaelmas, 1905, was 21s. 7¼d. I understand that there are no half-timers in the school, I am not informed as to the percentage of children who have passed the sixth standard before leaving.
§ MR. JOHN BURNS
Yes; the figures for the last three years are; 1904, 29s.; 1905, 21s. 7¼.: 1906, 20s. 6½d.