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Primary Education

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on primary education in each of the last 20 years; and what the planned expenditure is in each of the next five years. (93846)

The available information is contained within the following table. The Department does not produce precise forecasts of future expenditure and we are therefore unable to provide the planned spend figures requested beyond 2005-06.

Education expenditure1,2 by central and local government3 within primary schools in real terms4 in England 1989-90 to 2005-06, excluding Ofsted expenditure

Schools current—primary

£ million

1989-90 outturn


1990-91 outturn


1991-92 outturn


1992-93 outturn


1993-94 outturn


1994-95 outturn


1995-96 outturn


1996-97 outturn


1997-98 outturn


1998-99 outturn


1999-2000 outturn


2000-01 outturn


2001-02 outturn


2002-03 outturn


2003-04 outturn


2004-05 provisional outturn


2005-06 estimated outturn


1 Figures within departmental expenditure limits (DEL). Excludes DfES administration costs and expenditure on other areas than education, for instance on children and families and on skills. Figures for 1998-99 onwards are resource-based. Central Government figures for 1995-96 to 1997-98 are cash-based. 2 Differences between the totals above and the figures for primary education spending in HM Treasury’s PESA report are the result of (a) data coverage: the exclusion of AME items in the table, (b) definitional differences: departmental administration costs and Ofsted spending on education are both classified as education spending under UN Classification of Functions of Government (COFOG) international definitions—the table excludes these, (c) reclassifications made since Budget 2006 of Connexions spending to social protection and adult education spend to training in line with UN COFOG definitions. The next scheduled HMT National Statistics release in July will update education spending to take account of these reclassifications, (d) further minor data coverage and timing differences. 3 The recurrent local authority figures in this table are drawn from the local authority expenditure table (table 8.3 of the 2006 departmental report). The blank rows denote the changes from the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions education revenue outturn return (the ‘RO1’) to section 52 outturn statements in 1999-2000 and arising from the review of the section 52 categories in 2002-03 following the introduction of consistent financial reporting to schools. Notes: 1. All figures have been converted to 2005-06 price levels using 27 September 2006 gross domestic product (GDP) deflators. 2. Includes expenditure on county, voluntary aided, special agreement, grant-maintained schools, city technology colleges and other specialist schools. Central Government funding on grant-maintained schools has been apportioned to under-fives, primary and secondary sectors using pupil numbers. 3. Figures from 2003-04 onwards reflect the transfer of responsibility from the Department to LEAs of costs relating to teachers’ pensions. 4. We only forecast expenditure figures for one year on from the outturn statements. Sources: 1997-98 to 2005-06 from the Education Select Committee table 1995-96 to 1996-97 from the November 2005 Education Bulletin 1993-94 to 1994-95 from the November 2004 Bulletin 1989-90 to 1992-93 from the departmental reports.