HC Deb 07 March 1923 vol 161 c536W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the Geddes Committee gave as an example that, of a total expenditure of £87,000,000 in respect of health and education, a sum of £67,000,000 represented contributions from the Imperial Exchequer to local authorities will he explain these figures, seeing that the Government grants towards public health services is not more than 50 per cent, of the total expenditure; and will he give details of grants in respect to the foregoing totals?


If the hon. Member will refer to the table on page 103 of the First Report of the Committee, he will find that the figure of £87,000,000 represented the approximate total estimated expenditure of the Departments of Health and Education and not, as the words he quotes might be thought to imply, the total cost of the health and education services to the nation. The grants making up the total figure of £67,000,000 are set out in detail in the subsequent pages of the Report.