HC Deb 02 November 1949 vol 469 cc383-4
27. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the estimated number of literates in British Togoland; how many are now, child and adult, receiving education, respectively; and what plans exist for future educational development.

Mr. Creech Jones

It is estimated that about 30 per cent. of the population is literate; 25,792 children were attending school last year. I have no figures for the numbers receiving adult education. Education is being developed as fast as funds and staff permit; 13.6 per cent. of the total expenditure of the Territory in 1948 was on education, and, as I have previously informed my hon. Friend, Togoland is already heavily subsidised by the Gold Coast.

Mr. Sorensen

Do the figures which my right hon. Friend has given compare favourably with those of nearby British Colonies?

Mr. Creech Jones

I think so. Togo-land stands to gain from the broad developments in the Gold Coast, for which, under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act, quite a large sum has been allocated.