HC Deb 17 July 1924 vol 176 cc603-4W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has received a copy of the resolution passed by the North Wales Counties Training College Committee, protesting against the present arrangement whereby the payment of capitation grants is made only to non-local education authority colleges; whether he is aware that the result of the system is that, whilst the non-local education authority colleges in a town receive from the Treasury the whole costs of providing the resident staff with free board and residence, in addition to salaries in accordance with the Burnham scale, the local education authority college in the same town has to look to the ratepayers for one-half of the cost of the board and residence of the staff; and whether he will take steps to put all the training colleges on the same footing?


I have received a copy of the resolution referred to in the question. I do not think the hon. Member's attention has been called to the concession mentioned in my answer in the House on the 9th April last, of which I am sending him a copy. Under that concession local education authorities maintaining training colleges will receive during the current financial year capitation grants in respect of their training college students in addition to a grant amounting to one-half of their net expenditure, and they will thus receive from the Treasury considerably more than one-half of the cost of maintaining their training colleges.