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Education (Administration Expenses)

Volume 24: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of public funds made available to Scottish local authorities for the provision of education is spent upon administration as compared to the proportion spent on direct educational provision in the classroom.

Information from local authority returns suggests that education administration costs, including any apportionment of costs of general administration, range from about 2 per cent. to about 11 per cent. of gross educational expenditure.However, most local authorities do not apportion general administration costs to service departments, and, in those that do, the calculations are not on a comparable basis.