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Education and Training Expenditure

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what cash figures were used to calculate spending on education and training as a percentage of GDP in Table 3.4 of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2005 for (a) schools, (b) tertiary education and (c) other training programmes for England. (86433)

Table 3.6 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) 2005 presents UK Total Expenditure on Services (TES) by sub-function for 1999-2000 to 2004-05, consistent with Table 3.4. The sub-functions presented include schools, tertiary education and training spending. For earlier years we do not hold a consistent series with Table 3.4 at the detailed sub-function level and so the information is not available. The methodology used to produce the high-level functional series back years in Table 3.4 is available on the HMT website at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/777/D4/historical_funtion_series_method_note.pdf

Total Expenditure on Services by country and region is available in chapter 8 of PESA 2005 (chapter 7 of PESA 2006). These regional spending statistics use the concept of ‘identifiable’ spending where Government spending is allocated to the region or country that benefits from the spending. Some spending cannot be allocated to a region or country as it is for the benefit of the UK as a whole (e.g. defence spending). Tables 8.5 to 8.10 present England spending on Education and Training for 1999-2000 to 2004-05 on this identifiable, who benefits, basis. We do not currently produce these regional analyses at a sub-function level, although it is something we are considering for the future. Paragraph 3.59 of the response to the PESA reader consultation published this year sets this out:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/economic_data_and_tools/finance_spending_statistics/pes_publications/pespub_consult.cfm

The GDP figures used to produce Table 3.4 are as stated in footnote 1 to the table.