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Education Expenditure

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how the population of total public expenditure devoted to the education budget in Britain compares with other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries;(2) how the proportion of gross domestic product spent on the education budget compares with the proportion spent in other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.

The readily available information is shown in the following table.

Total educational expenditure
CountryYearAs percentage of gross national product1As percentage of total government expenditure1
Australia19836·013·6
Austria19845·98·0
Belgium219846·013·8
Canada19847·415·2
Denmark19846·5..
19806·99·5
Finland19835·713·1
France319825·8..
Germany19834·58·8
Greece19822·6..
19792·28·4
Iceland419754·112·2
Ireland19836·99·7
Italy19835·79·6
Japan19825·719·1
Luxembourg19835·314·1
Netherlands19827·7..
New Zealand19844·9..
19805·514·5
Norway19837·0129·
Portugal19824·8..
219754·011·2
Spain19822·5..
19792·616·4
Sweden19848·012·2
Switzerland19835·118·8
Turkey19842·5..
19802·710·5
United Kingdom19835·311·5
United States of America19816·7..
19756·518·1
Yugoslavia19833·9..
19805·032·5
1Sources: UNESCO Statistical Yearbook 1986, 1985, 1984.
2 Expenditure of the Ministry of Education only.
3 Metropolitan France.
4 Expenditure of Central Government only.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the expenditure per pupil on books and equipment, in cash and constant prices, each year since 1978–79.

The information requested is given in the following table.

Expenditure per pupil on books and equipment Primary and Secondary Schools (England)
Cash termsReal terms (1984–85 prices)
1978–7918·232·4
1979–8020·230·8
1980–8122·428·8

Cash terms

Real terms (1984–85 prices)

1981–8225·029·2
1982–8328·631·2
1983–8431·032·3
1984–8532·932·9

Note: The cash figures for the earlier years have been repriced to 1984–85 prices using the Gross Domestic Product (Market Prices) Deflator.