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Books And Equipment

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Mr. Pawsey) on 3 November, at column 645, if he will set out the planned expenditure for pupils in books and equipment for 1988–89, and the planned figure for 1987–88.

Planned expenditure on school books and equipment for 1988–89 takes account of the actual outturn for expenditure in 1985–86 and, in accordance with the local authorities' forecasts, allows for real increases in spending per pupil of 10 per cent. in 1986–87 and a further 5 per cent. in each of the years 1987–88 and 1988–89. Allowing for reducing pupil numbers, cash provision in 1988–89 in each of the primary and secondary sectors is some 37 per cent. higher than actual spending in 1985–86.