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Education Expenditure

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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28.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of the United Kingdom's gross national product is spent on education compared with other EEC countries.

The latest year for which the information is available is 1978–79 and is as follows:

CountryTotal educational expenditure as percentage of Gross National Produce
With population of over 50 million
United Kingdom5·4
France5·3
Germany F.R.4·7
Italy4·6
With population of under 15 million
Netherland8·5
Denmark6·9
Ireland6·3
Luxembourg6·1
Belgium6·0

50.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received about the current level of expenditure on education in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Since 1 January 1982 I have personally met and discussed the current level of expenditure on education in England and Wales that falls within my responsibilities with representatives of the following:

  • 21 January—Catholic Teachers' Federation
  • 18 February—Secondary Heads Association
  • 25 February—Assistant Masters and Mistresses Association
  • 25 February—Caribbean Teachers' Association.