§ Mr. CHARLES BATHURST
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the proportions of the expenditure borne by the Treasury and the local ratepayers, respectively, within the last financial year for which official figures are available, in respect of each of the following national or semi-national services, namely, police and police stations, lunatics and lunatic asylums, education, highways and bridges, and poor relief?
§ Mr. BURNS
My right hon. Friend has asked mo to reply to this question. The amount of the expenditure of local authorities in England and Wales in the year ended March, 1911, on the services mentioned which is estimated to have fallen on local rates and Exchequer Grants, respectively, was as follows:—
Services. Rates. Exchequer Grants. £ £ 1. Police and Police Stations 3,120,000 3,050,000 2. Lunatics and Lunatic Asylums (so far as not included in poor relief) 980,000 200,000 3. Education 14,260,000 13,330,000 4. Highways and Bridges 12,730,000 1,230,000 5. Poor Relief (including pauper lunatics maintained by Poor Law guardians 11,760,000 2,450,000
With regard to these figures, I would refer the hon. Member to the answers which I gave on the 6th March last to the hon. Member for the Leek Division, and on the 6th August last to the hon. Member for the Tavistock Division.