HC Deb 31 May 1938 vol 336 cc1846-7W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will state the aggregate amount spent by Colonial Governments in 1937 on the education of natives, and the approximate amount per native child being educated that this amount represents?

Mr. M. MacDonald:

I am assuming from a question asked by the hon. Member on 18th May that what he has in mind is education in the African Colonies, Protectorates and mandated territories. For these the aggregate recurrent estimated expenditure for 1937 appearing on the votes of the Education Departments was about £820,000 and the estimated number of pupils attending Government, aided and unaided schools about 1,500,000. The above figure of expenditure does not include the very large amount of expenditure on African education by other Government Departments, missions, native treasuries, local authorities, etc., in regard to which figures are not available.