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Civil Service Estimates for Science and Education

Nature volume 101, pages 116118 (11 April 1918) | Download Citation



THE Parliamentary Paper dealing with Class IV. of the Estimates for Civil Services for the year ending March 31, 1919, has now been issued. The subjoined summary gives the main items of the estimated expenditure for the year, with the details relating to scientific investigation and higher education. Reference may be made to a few particular points in these Estimates. A special grant of 30,000l. is included in aid of certain universities, colleges, medical schools, etc., to meet loss of income arising from circumstances of war. It may be remembered that the Estimates for 1915–16 included a similar grant of 145,000l. for the same purpose. The grant for, the National Physical Laboratory has been transferred from the head of the Royal Society, under which it formerly appeared, to that of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. It amounts to 89,750l., being an increase of 64,475l. upon the grant for 1917–18. The State receives, however, for testing fees and other services rendered by the laboratory the sum of 11,250l., and 3000l. as contributions from co-operating, bodies. The new Fuel Research Station has a grant of 7000l., of which 4000l. is required for salaries and wages, and 3000l. for apparatus, materials, etc. The grants made by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research amount to. 56,500l., in comparison with 30,000l. in 1917–18. The salaries, wages, and allowances of the Department are estimated at 8900l.; and we notice that this estimate includes 500l. as fees to expert consultants.

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