HC Deb 19 December 1975 vol 902 cc820-1W
Mr. George Rodgers

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total cost paid in allowances for private education to officers and men in the Armed Forces in the most recent three years.

Mr. Robert C. Brown

Education allowances paid in the last three complete financial years were as follows:

1972–73 £10.213 million
1973–74 £12.281 million
1974–75 £16.069 million

Not all of the children concerned will have attended schools in the private sector. The figures include loading for tax where the parents were serving in the United Kingdom. They also include a small amount for day school allowance. These elements cannot be identified readily as separate items.

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