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Education Expenditure

Volume 80: debated on Wednesday 12 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how Scotland's spending on education, expressed as a percentage of gross domestic product, compares with Western European countries; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 May 1985, c. 292]: In 1983–84 expenditure on educational services in Scotland, including universities was £1,785 million, representing 8·3 per cent. of the provisional gross domestic product for Scotland. The latest available information in respect of a range of European countries is given in the table:

Expenditure on Education as percentage of gross domestic product
CountryPer cent.Year
Austria5·91982
Belgium5·91981

Country

Per cent.

Year

Denmark7·41981
Finland5·51981
France5·01981
Germany, Federal5·01981
Republic
Greece2·21979
Ireland7·31981
Italy5·81981
Luxembourg6·61981
Netherlands6·81981
Norway8·51980
Portugal4·51981
Spain2·61979
Sweden8·81982
Switzerland5·11981