Technical Schools and Colleges.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1934.

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Photo of Mr John Potter Mr John Potter , Eccles

18.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education the total annual cost of the administration of all the technical schools and colleges in England and Wales, under the supervision of his Department, for each of the last five years to the most convenient date?

Photo of Mr Herwald Ramsbotham Mr Herwald Ramsbotham , Lancaster

As the reply includes a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

My Noble Friend regrets that it is not possible to give separately the cost of administration of technical schools and colleges in England and Wales, since in the returns furnished by local education authorities administration is not differentiated from corresponding expenditure on other forms of higher education. Excluding this item the total cost of technical institutions, including evening institutes and art schools, during each of the last five years has been as follows:—

Year.Approximate Total Annual Cost.
£
1928–294,895,700
1929–305,284,900
1930–315,585,800
1931–325,407,800
1932–335,279,700

Photo of Mr John Potter Mr John Potter , Eccles

19.

asked the Parliamentary Secertary to the Board of Education the number of technical schools and colleges in England and Wales under the supervision of his Department, and the total capital expenditure on such buildings and equipment to date?

Photo of Mr Herwald Ramsbotham Mr Herwald Ramsbotham , Lancaster

The number of recognised technical institutions in the present school year is 5,328. This includes, in addition to technical colleges and schools, evening institutes in which technical instruction may be given, and art schools. The information available is not sufficiently complete to enable an answer to be given to the second part of the question.