§ Mr. RENNIE SMITH
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the number of children in India between the ages of 5 and 14; the number of these who are receiving any form of public education, and of these what number are the children of industrial or agricultural workers; what is the amount of public money granted for the education of workers' children; and how many schools for elementary education purposes exist in India?
§ Earl WINTERTON
The total number of children in India between the ages of 5 and 15* was 83,489,240 in 1921, and the number of those who were then being educated in recognised schools was 6,934,741. The total number of primary schools in India in 1924 was 168,013, and the total amount of direct expenditure upon them was Rs. 5,65,44,830. Statistics relating to later years are not yet available, and it is not possible to supply figures relating to workers' children as distinct from others. Details of the statistics given above will be found in the 1925 edition of the Statistical Abstract for British India (Command Paper No. 2534), and the Quinquennial Review of the Progress of Education in India, 1917–22 (Stationery Office publication).