HC Deb 24 March 1927 vol 204 cc543-4

asked the President of the Board of Education what was the State grant for feeding of necessitous children in England, and total expenditure for same, for the years 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, and 1926, respectively; and what is the estimate for 1927?


As the reply to this question contains a quantity of figures I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The expenditure of local education authorities on the provision of meals in the financial years in question was as follows—

1921–22 951,000
1922–23 256,000
1923–24 152,000
1924–25 138,000
1925–26 (pre-audit) 169,000
The expenditure for 1926–27 cannot be ascertained until after the conclusion of the year. As regards the coming financial year, the estimates of local authorities have not yet been received, but, as at present advised, I anticipate that the expenditure will approximate to the normal. Grant is not paid upon the separate items, but upon the whole, of an authority's expenditure on elementary education, of which expenditure on the provision of meals forms a small part.

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