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Education Costs

Volume 222: debated on Thursday 2 April 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the average annual cost met from public funds of (a) a nursery school place, (b) a primary school place, (c) a secondary school place and (d) a full-time undergraduate place in bands 1, 2 and 3.

Figures for spending on nursery and primary school pupils are not collected separately. For 1990–91, the la test year for which information on actual spending is available, the average cost per pupil at LEA-maintained schools was £1,339 per nursery and primary pupil and £2,019 per secondary pupil.Public funding for higher education is provided through grant to the higher education funding councils and publicly funded tuition fees. The assumed average total recurrent grant per student through the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 1993–94 is £2,927. The maximum tuition fees reimbursable through mandatory awards for undergraduate courses in the academic year 1993–94 are £1,300 for classroom-based courses; £2,770 for laboratory and workshop-based courses; and £4,985 for the clinical elements of medical, dental and veterinary courses.

Project nameStart datePublic funding (£million cash)Private sector funding
Jubilee line extensionConstruction is expected to start when the current negotiations on the private sector contribution are completed.385460405£100 million cash developer contribution during construction period and a stream of payments adding upto £300 million cash over time after extension is opened.
CrossRailBill currently in Parliament.806465Re-examination to assess ways of involving private sector announced in Budget statement. Results of re-examination will determine relative involvement of public and private sectors.
Channel tunnel rail linkConstruction could start in 1995.44Private sector interest needs to be tested before decisions can be taken on the timing and amounts of public and private funding.
Docklands light railway—Lewisham extensionConstruction could start this financial year.The cost, of £140 million, must be met by the private sector.
Heathrow expressMain works expected to start during 1993–94.The project is a joint venture with BAA as private majority partner. The total cost is estimated at £250–300 million.
The proposed Croydon tramlink project would proceed on the basis of private funding though the Government is prepared to consider an element of grant.
The possibility of securing private sector contributions to other projects will be considered at the appropriate time.