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Expenditure (Schools)

Volume 901: debated on Thursday 20 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total expenditure on school building in England and Wales at current prices in each year since 1968–69; and what is the estimated expenditure on school building in England and Wales at current prices for each of the next five years.

The expenditure on school buildings in England in the financial years 1969–70 to 1973–74 was:

£ million at 1974 Survey Prices
1969–70309·9
1970–71360·8
1971–72424·0
1972–73509·8
1973–74*375·9
The corresponding expenditure for 1974–75 and future years implied by the projections in the White Paper "Public Expenditure to 1978–79" (Cmnd. 5879) is:
£ million at 1974 Survey Prices
1974–75304·7
1975–76302·9
1976–77287·0
1977–78254·9
1978–79242·7
*Provisional.
School building programmes for Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was (a) the total expenditure on education in England and Wales, and (b) the total educational expenditure borne by rates in the financial years 1972–73, 1973–74 and 1974–75.

The total net recurrent expenditure on education in England and Wales in the financial years 1972–73 and 1973–74 was £2,684 million and £3.078 million respectively of which the amounts borne on the rates were about £990 million and £1,080 million respectively. Figures for 1974–75 are not yet available.