§ Mr. H. G. Williams
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he can furnish any information as to the cause of the increase of 10 per cent. in the cost of education per child in the elementary schools, as assumed in the Board's estimates for 1939–40, as compared with the actual cost in 1936–37?
The increase to which my hon. Friend refers is primarily due to increased expenditure upon reorganisation and development, including the conveyance of children, owing to the progress which authorities are making in preparation for the raising of the school-leaving age on 1st September next, and also to the general development of the Special Services.