§ 51. Mr. John Hall
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate he has made of the total cost of making changes in the books and equipment in schools and universities necessary to implement the Government's decision to introduce decimal currency; and if he intends to give additional grants to cover this cost.
§ Miss Bacon
The change to decimal currency is not expected to affect university expenditure significantly. Expenditure by local education authorities on books and equipment is eligible for rate support grant. I have not asked authorities to make separate estimates of costs attributable to decimalisation most of which, I hope, can be met from their normal programmes for the replacement of books and equipment.