§ 5. Mr. Warbey
asked the Minister of Education the combined expenditure of Government and local authorities on education per child of school age in 1938 and 1954, respectively; and by what amount the figure for 1954 would be increased or decreased if it represented the same proportion of the national income as the figure for 1938.
§ Mr. Vosper
The total expenditure per child from rates and taxes combined on the whole educational service within my Department's purview amounted in 1937–38 to rather over £17. On the basis of the revised estimates of authorities and my Department's vote, the corresponding figure in 1954–55 was about £60. The latter figure would be decreased to about £52.5 if it represented the same proportion per child of the gross national product as did £17 in 1937–38.
These figures do not reveal the great increase that has taken place in local authorities' capital expenditure which in 1937–38 was nearly £12½ million and which in 1954–55 had risen to about £62 million.