MR. DUNDAS WHITE (Dumbartonshire)
To ask the Secretary for Scotland what was the amount received during the financial year ending 31st March, 1908, in respect of each of the sums referred to in Clause 13 of the Education (Scotland) Bill; and what was the total credit balance remaining in respect of each of these sums at the close of that financial year.
(Answered by Mr. Sinclair.) The amount received during the financial year ended 31st March, 1908, in respect of each of the sums referred to in Clause 13 of the Education (Scotland) Bill was as follows: (1) £40,000; (2) £61,097 0s. 2d.; (3) £60,000; (4) £69,396 15s. 3d. (an unusually heavy payment); (5) £38,185 1s. 5d.; (6) £158,678. The amount under (6) is the sum voted as a general aid grant for 1907–8 less the re-vote of £75,000 and less the sum of £72,000 which would have been required to maintain the fee grant at the rate of 12s. per child in average attendance. It is impossible to state separately the total credit balance remaining in respect of each of these sums at the close of the financial year ended 31st March, 1908. (1) and (4) were paid into the Scottish Education Department's fee grant account, and the balance of the credit of that account at 31st March, 1908, is state in the reply to another Question by the hon. member. The amount under (2) was distributed as directed in Section 2 (iii) (b) of The Local Taxation (Customs and Excise) Act, 1890. The amounts under (3) and (5) were distributed in full. The sum under (6) was all spent in accordance with the terms of the various sections of the general aid grant minute of 9th March, 1907.