§ Sir WALTER MENZIES
asked the President of the Board of Education if he will state, for the last official year for which statistics are available, the number of pupils in average attendance in England and Wales in elementary, secondary, 55W and technical schools, respectively; what amounts they receive from Grants in each case; and what amounts are contributed by ratepayers?
The average attendance in elementary schools in England and Wales for the statistical year ending 31st July, 1911, was 5,406,450. The Board do not possess information as to the "average attendance" in secondary schools and technical schools, but the number of full-time pupils in Grant-earning secondary schools on 31st January, 1911, was 160,520, and the number who attended technical, art, and evening and similar schools and classes at any time during the year ending 31st July, 1911, was as follows:—
Technical Institution Courses and "Day Technical Classes" 14,745 Schools of Art and "Art Classes" 45,619 Evening and similar Schools and Classes 765,275
The Grants paid by the Board in the financial year ending 31st March, 1912, were as follows:—
In respect of Elementary Education (excluding Building Grants and Allowances and Pensions £ for Teachers) 11,629,538 Secondary Schools (in addition £101,803 was paid on account of Bursars, Pupil Teachers and Pupils in Preparatory Classes). 656,722 Technical Institution Courses and "Day Technical Classes" 57,646 Schools of Art and "Art Classes" 68,980 Evening and similar Schools and Classes 460,588
The amount received by local education authorities in England and Wales from rates and borough funds for the purpose of elementary education during the financial year ending 31st March, 1910, was £11,635,725. The amount received in respect of secondary schools cannot be distinguished from that received in respect of technical and art schools, etc., but the total amount received from rates and borough funds in respect of higher education by all the local authorities (including the smaller boroughs and urban districts which are not local education authorities), for the purposes of education other than elementary was for the same year 56W £1,857,954; this sum also includes rates raised in respect of expenditure on the training of teachers. The figures include rates raised in respect of loan charges. The figures for the year 1910–11 are not yet complete.