HC Deb 22 April 1909 vol 3 c1670

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he received any estimates from county councils as to the extra cost entailed on the rates if the instructions in Board of Education Circular 709 are carried out; if so, what is the amount of the estimated cost?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Runciman)

Only five county councils have stated to the Board the amount of the cost to the rates which they expect will be involved by the changes announced in Circular 709. In no case has a county council submitted to the Board a detailed estimate showing the effect of the circular in individual schools, and without such an estimate it is impossible to criticise the figures put forward by them. The Board have in one case been furnished with particulars unofficially, and will be very glad to consider any detailed calculations submitted to them. I may perhaps say that there has been some very wild estimating among local education authorities.