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Public Expenditure

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 4 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what was the total amount of public expenditure on universities 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 student attending such institutions;

(2) what was the total amount of public expenditure on the universities in Wales for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will express the total expenditure per capita of each student attending such institutions.

In the financial year 1972–73, net recurrent expenditure on universities from public funds* and net expenditure per student are shown in the table below. The important qualifications which I made in answer to a Question by the hon. Member for Dunbartonshire, East (Mr. Bain) on 13th November 1974—[Vol. 881, c. 156–57.]—apply equally to these figures. Regional figures could be produced only with disproportionate labour.

Total Net Recurrent Expenditure1972–73 Out-turn prices Net Unit Cost
£million£
England261·31,354
Wales18·31,189
Great Britain328·61,325
* The figures cover grants from the UGC and payment of tuition fees by local authorities, and grants from the Scottish Education Department and local authorities. Capital expenditure, grants from the research councils and payments for research commissioned by Government Departments are excluded.