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Student Support

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will express the resources made available for student support as a proportion of total public expenditure on higher education in the United States of America, France, West Germany and the United Kingdom.

Valid international comparisons of education expenditure are difficult to make. However the available information, drawn mainly from UNESCO sources, is as follows:

CountryDate of InformationHE student support as a percentage of all HE public sector current expenditure
United States of America19793·9
France19804·6
19814·9
West Germany198016·2
United Kingdom198019·5
198320·8

Notes:

(1) The student support systems of the above countries vary and involve grants or loans, or a combination of the two.

(2) The way in which educational expenditure is allocated to the different sectors of education varies both between countries and within countries over time, thus making comparisons difficult.