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Schools (Expenditure)

Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish figures for 1985–86 and 1986–87 relating to (a) local authority expenditure in nursery, primary and secondary schools at (i) current prices and (ii) at 1984–85 prices using the Government gross domestic product deflator and (b) pupil numbers in nursery, primary and secondary schools.

Net institutional recurrent spending on maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in 1985–86 was as follows:

1985–86 provisional actual spending £ million (rounded)
At 1985–86 outturn pricesAt 1984–85 pricesAt 1987–88 prices
Nursery schools404045
Primary schools2,9402,7653,165
Secondary schools4,0503,8104,360
Comparable information for 1986–87 is not yet available. Financial year average pupil numbers for 1985–86 and1986–87 are as follows:

1985–86 (actual)1986–87 (projected)
Pupils, thousands, full-time equivalents
Nursery schools3131
Primary schools3,6513,667
Secondary schools3,4343,306