asked the President of the Board of Education the number of children attending the primary schools in England and Wales and the number that it is estimated will be in attendance in the year 1927–28; and what economies have been effected to secure the reduc- 587W tion of £394,808 in the provision made for elementary education in the Estimates for the year ending 31st March, 1928?
Duchess of ATHOLL
The average number of children in attendance at public elementary schools in England and Wales for the quarter ended 31st December, 1926, was 5,005,376. The number estimated for 1927–28 is 4,980,000. As regards the second part of the question, my right hon. Friend would refer the hon. Member to page 26 of the published Estimates of the Board for the year ending the 31st March, 1928.