HC Deb 31 January 1952 vol 495 c60W
97. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Education the cost, per child, in elementary and secondary schools, respectively, for the years 1900, 1910, 1930, 1940 and 1951.

Miss Horsbrugh

The cost per pupil in board schools and voluntary elementary schools in the year ended 31st March, 1900, was about £2 10s. 0d. There was no public secondary school system at that date. In 1910 the cost of elementary education per child was about £4 9s. 0d.; no separate figures of expenditure on secondary schools at that date are available, For the years ended 31st March, 1930, and 31st March, 1940, the cost per child in Public Elementary Schools was about £12 15s. 6d. (net) and £15 14s. 0d. (net), respectively, and the cost per pupil in secondary schools about £28 15s. 0d. (gross) and £36 (gross), respectively. For 1950–51, on the basis of the revised estimates of local education authorities for that year, the estimated net expenditure per pupil, including all ancillary services, such as milk, meals, social and recreative training, was about £26 for maintained primary (including nursery) schools and about £44 for maintained secondary schools.