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RECORD EXPENDITURE "A HAPPY CIRCUMSTANCE" Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. For the first time in the Dominion's history the expenditure on education for the financial year ended March 31 had topped the £6,000,000 mark, stated the Minister of Education, Mr. Mason, who spoke in the Address-in-Reply debate in the House of Representatives yesterday. The war had created difficulties, he continued, particularly in carrying out the building programme. In 1935, which included three months of Labour administration, the expenditure on buildings was £180,000. It went up to £513,000 in the following year and reached the actual expenditure of £878,770 in the first war year. Building had since been restricted, but it was going on, although it was not easy to get labour or materials. Predictions that the birth rate would decline had been falsified in the last ten years, and part of the problem which faced the Minister of Education was due to that happy circumstance. Last year's record expenditure, added Mr. Mason, had been mainly due to the increases in salaries of teachers.

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EDUCATION IN N.Z., Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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EDUCATION IN N.Z. Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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