OuT of £9,000,040 spent on Catholic schools so far, Catholics had paid more than £4,500,000, said Bishop Beck, speaking at a garden fete at the Beckett Schoo , Nottingham, last week.
The figures on which Bishop Beck relied were the ones given in answer to Mr. Hugh Fraser, M.P., by the Minister of Education in Parliament on May 29.
Miss Horsburgh saki be that the expenditure on school buildings ap
proved and about to undertaken by Catholic authorities were as follows: Approved building projects R.C. Other Programme Schools Schools 1949 ..2.315,509 52,239,173 1950-51 .. 1,871,824 44,079,192 1951-52 .. 559,933 16,957,474 1952-53 .. 2,800.000 38,200,000 £7,547,266 £151,475,841
The total of approved building Catholic schools since
projects for C
1949 amounts therefore to £7,547,266. Although not published in the Minister's answer, the Ministry has made available the figure of f1.571,007 for building approved 1946 to 1949. The total of work approved for Catholic voluntary schools amounts to £9,118,273, in comparison with a total of £197,647,076 for other schools. or an over-all total of £206,765,349. On these figures the Catholic proportion of approved school building is approximately 4.4 per cent. of the total. According to the Ministry of Education's latest published figures, there was a total of 5,737,698 children in erant-aided schools in England and Wales maintained by local education authorities on January 1, 1951. Of these children, 398,686 were in Catholic-maintained schools. On these figures, the Catholic proportion is just under 7 per cent.