§ Mr. JOHN O'CONNOR
asked the Lord Advocate if he will give, for the year 1909–10, the number of pupils on the rolls of public, elementary, and primary schools in Scotland; the number of secondary and technical schools that receive Grants from Imperial funds; the amount of the Grants paid; and the cost of public education per head of the population for that year?
§ Mr. URE
The number of pupils on the rolls of primary schools for the year ended 31st August, 1909—the latest year for which figures are available—was 803,820. The number of secondary and technical schools that receive Grants from imperial funds is 246, and the amount of the Grants paid (for the year 1908–9) was £133,190. It is not clear what is meant by "cost of public education" in the last part of the question. If this refers to the total amount voted by Parliament for Grants in aid of public education, the sum per head of the estimated population for the year 1909–10 is 8s. 4.88d. The amount raised 415W from local rates in the year 1908–9 represented a sum of 5s. 10d. per head of the estimated population.