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Books And Periodicals

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 18 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has as to the average expenditure on books and periodicals per student in university libraries and the comparable figures for each year since 1978–79 in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms using 1984–85 prices, (c) using an index of 100 for 1978–79 and (d) in real terms taking into account the retail prices index for books.

The average expenditure on books and periodicals per student in university libraries is as follows:

Academic YearCash per studentReal terms*Index of col. 2Using RPIJanuary 1985 prices
£££
1978–7955·4096·3100·0123·1
1979–8058·6585·488·7113·2
1980–8164·5581·084·199·6
1981–8266·8577·380·388·9
1982–8376·3483·286·490·0
1983–84‡86·4890·594·095·5
* Using GDP deflator with the 1984–85 academic year as the base year.
† Using RPI for books, newspapers and periodicals: cash figures from column 1 revalued to January 1985 prices.
‡ provisional