HC Deb 29 March 1956 vol 550 cc230-1W
53. Mr. Sparks

asked the Minister of Education the amount paid to local -authorities in education grants in the nearest convenient year; and what estimate he has made of the total amount by which these grants would have been reduced if industries which now enjoy derating were fully rated.

Sir D. Eccles

I estimate that grants payable to local education authorities in England and Wales for 1955–56 will total rather more than £260 million. If industries other than agriculture had been fully rated and if there had been no change in the grant formula, this sum would have been reduced by about £4.8 million.