asked the President of the Board of Education the number of children in elementary schools in England and Wales on the last ascertained, date, the number of teachers in the same schools on the same date, also similar particulars for secondary schools, also the total cost of elementary education from rates and taxes, and the similar cost of secondary education, also the total salaries paid to teachers in elementary schools on the last ascertained date, and the same figure for secondary teachers on the same date?
§ Mr. FISHER
The estimated average attendance in public elementary schools in England and Wales for 1920–21 is 5,220,000. The number of adult full-time teachers in these schools on 31st March, 1921, was 169,729, and their aggregate salaries on that date £39,524,850. The corresponding figures for grant-aided secondary schools are:
Number of pupils on 1st October, 1920 340,823 Number of full-time teachers on 31st March, 1921 17,835 Aggregate salaries (estimated) on 31st March, 1921 £5,931,615
The estimated expenditure of the local education authorities from rates and grants in respect of elementary education for 1920–21 is £58,474,000. I am unable to give the corresponding figure for secondary schools; the expenditure of local education authorities on secondary education cannot be separated from the remainder of their expenditure on higher education.