§ Mr. CLOUGH
asked the President of the Board of Education what was the number of provided and non-provided schools, and the average attendance in each class of school within the area of the local education authority for Lancashire upon the appointed day and upon 31st March, 1908; what was their total capital indebtedness on their ex-board schools on the appointed day and upon their council schools on 31st March, 1908; and what were the rates levied by that authority for elementary education, and for education higher than elementary, during 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, and 1908?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
With regard to the first part of the question, the figures for the year ending 31st July, 1903, which was the last statistical year prior to the appointed day, can only be given for the geographical counties, including the county boroughs, boroughs, and urban districts which are now separate authorities for the purposes of Part III. of the Education Act, 1902. To enable a comparison to be made, 1247W the figures for the year ending 31st July, 1908, relate to the same areas.