HC Deb 12 May 1932 vol 265 cc2066-7
26. Lieut.-Colonel SANDEMAN ALLEN

asked the President of the Board of Education if he will ascertain and state in comparable figures the average annual cost to the state from national and local funds of educating the elementary child in France and Germany, and England and Wales, during the year 1930?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Sir Donald Maclean)

I am afraid that I am not in a position to give comparable figures of the average cost of elementary education per child in England, France and Germany because, amongst other things, no information is available as to expenditure from local funds in the foreign countries concerned. I refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer I gave him on the 2nd of this month that, so far as the national exchequer is concerned, the figures are £7 3s. 4d. in England and Wales, about 443 francs in France, and about 100 reichmarks in Prussia.