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Education Budget (Subsidies)

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the values of the subsidies to the educational budgets of Tayside and Scotland on (a) the school meals service, (b) school transport and (c) school milk; and what percentage of the total educational budgets these subsidies represent in each case.

Rate support grant is paid in aid of local authority services generally and is not hypothecated to individual services. The Government do not pay a direct subsidy towards the costs incurred by education authorities on school meals, school transport and school milk; in the case of school milk my Department transmits to authorities an EEC subsidy estimated for 1979–80 at £1·5 million. The following table shows the estimates of expenditure on these services within total relevant expenditure assumed in the rate support grant settlement for 1979–80:

£ million at November 1978 pricesPercentage of education estimate Per cent.
School meals39·35·5
School transport15·02·1
School milk3·3*0·5
Total for education715·1*100·0
*Net of EEC subsidy.
I have asked Tayside regional council to let the hon. Member have comparable figures.
EXPENDITURE PER HEAD OF POPULATION
Health Board1976–771977–781978–79
£££
Argyll and Clyde106·58120·00143·97
Ayrshire and Arran85·8499·57115·26
Borders100·13113·95130·25
Dumfries and Galloway114·96124·64142·18
Fife89·57101·03116·12
Forth Valley106·49119·97139·24
Grampian119·35132·80152·38
Greater Glasgow156·68177·81209·20
Highland127·68143·50168·68
Lanarkshire93·81105·91120·31
Lothian134·54155·31178·69
Orkney93·38106·14132·23
Shetland103·48105·19120·33
Tayside155·14171·47196·54
Western Isles99·61114·75150·18
Scotland122·67138·50160·61