§ Mr. Godman Irvine
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the fact that the required increase in the standard rate of Income Tax would be 2s. if rates were abolished and the cost of charges now borne by the rates were transferred to the Exchequer, on what basis he made his estimate that the cost of transferring education to the Exchequer would require an increase in the standard rate of Income Tax of 2s. 6d.
§ Mr. Barber
The second reply to which my hon. Friend refers in his Question states that total local authority expenditure on education is equal to about half a crown on the standard rate of Income Tax but that over 60 per cent. of general grant expenditure is already financed by the Exchequer. It did not therefore involve an estimate such as my hon. Friend mentions in his Question.