§ Mr. William Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much of the salary cost of (a) teachers and (b) ancillary staff is met from public funds in Northern Ireland;
(2) what percentage of the cost other than teacher salaries of operating a maintained school is met from public funds; and what is the difference in percentage between, primary, secondary and grammar schools in Northern Ireland;
(3) what percentage of the cost of providing a new maintained school is met from public funds in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Scott
The information sought is as follows:494W
Teachers Ancillary Staff Per cent. Per cent. (a) Maintained schools 100 100 (b) Voluntary schools (Other than maintained schools and voluntary grammar schools) 100 65 (c) Controlled schools 100 100 (d) Voluntary grammar schools 98 95
The recurrent costs—excluding teaching costs—of maintained schools and voluntary grammar schools met from public funds are as follows:
Per cent. Maintained primary schools 100 Maintained secondary (intermediate schools) 100 Voluntary grammar schools 95
The percentage for an individual grammar school depends on the proportion of feepayers in the school. The figures above represent overall percentage costs to public funds for all such schools.
Grant is paid by the Northern Ireland Department of Education at the rate of 85 per cent. on approved expenditure incurred on or in connection with the provision of a new maintained school.