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Public Expenditure

Volume 885: debated on Friday 31 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total amount of public expenditure on nursery institutions and playgroups in Great Britain and in England, respectively, for the latest year for which figures are available; and what was the total expenditure per capita of each pupil attending such institutions.

In the financial year 1972–73, for England, total net recurrent public expenditure on nursery institutions and expenditure per pupil were respectively £6·7 million and £231·2 at out-turn prices. Figures of expenditure on playgroups are not available. Information in respect of Wales and Scotland is the responsibility, respectively, of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total amount of public expenditure on special schools in Great Britain and in each of the English regions for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will express the total expenditure per capita of each pupil attending such institutions.

In the financial year 1972–73, for England, net recurrent public expenditure on special schools and expenditure per pupil were £68·9 million and £566·;7 respectively. Regional figures for England could only be produced with disproportionate labour. Figures for Wales and Scotland are the responsibility, respectively, of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total amount of public expenditure on direct grant schools in Great Britain and in each of the English regions for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will express the total expenditure per capita of each pupil attending such institutions.

In the financial year 1972–73, for England, net recurrent expenditure on direct grant schools and expenditure per pupil were £20·6 million and £174·7. These figures cover capitation grants and remitted fees paid from the Exchequer and fees paid by local education authorities. Regional figures for England could only be provided with disproportionate labour. Figures for Wales and Scotland are the responsibility, respectively, of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total amount of public expenditure on independent schools in Great Britain and in each of the English regions for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will express the total expenditure per capita of each pupil attending such institutions.

In the financial year 1972–73 expenditure by local education authorities in England in respect of pupils attending independent schools amounted to £3·9 million. Attribution to English regions could only be made with disproportionate labour. The numbers of children supported in this way are not known and figures of expenditure per capita cannot, therefore, be calculated. Information about Wales and Scotland is the responsibility, respectively, of my right hon. Friend and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what was the total amount of public expenditure on comprehensive schools in Great Britain and in each of the English regions for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will express the total expenditure per capita of each pupil attending such institutions;(2) what was the total amount of public expenditure on grammar schools in Great Britain and in each of the English regions for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will express the total expenditure per capita of each pupil attending such institutions.

Financial information in respect of secondary education in England, for which I am responsible, is not collected by type of school. Information about secondary education in Wales and Scotland is the responsibility, respectively, of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total amount of public expenditure on primary schools in Great Britain and in each of the English regions for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will express the total expenditure per capita of each pupil attending such institutions.

In the financial year 1972–73, for England, net recurrent public expenditure on maintained primary schools and the corresponding figure of expenditure per pupil were £604·5 million and £125·2. Regional figures for England could only be provided with disproportionate labour. Figures for Wales and Scotland are the responsibility, respectively, of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total amount of public expenditure on direct grant schools in Wales for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will express the total expenditure per capita of each pupil attending such institutions.

I have been asked to reply.In the financial year 1972–73, for Wales the net recurrent expenditure on direct grant schools and expenditure per pupil were £0·3 million and £178·9 respectively. These figures cover capitation grants and remitted fees paid from the Exchequer and fees paid by local education authorities.