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Healthcare Education

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information his Department collects on (a) capital spending in teaching facilities for nursing and other healthcare courses and (b) spending on training lecturers in nursing and healthcare by universities in England since 1997. (95947)

On (a) the Department has access to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on depreciation, including depreciation on capitalised equipment (but not buildings), by subject area. For nursing and paramedical studies in publicly-funded higher education institutions in England the figures are set out in table 1.

Table 1

Academic year

Depreciation (£000)

1997-98

1,809

1998-99

2,184

1999-2000

2,519

2000-01

2,560

2001-02

2,946

2002-03

3,069

2003-04

3,174

2004-05

4,819

Source: HESA Finance Statistics Return, Table 6, Cost centre 5

HESA figures for overall capital expenditure on non-residential and non-catering operations in publicly-funded higher education institutions in England do not distinguish subject areas but they do show expenditure on buildings and equipment. The figures are set out in table 2.

Table 2

£000

Academic year

Buildings

Equipment

1997-98

515,467

209,096

1998-99

658,096

230,516

1999-2000

625,329

236,013

2000-01

794,821

283,845

2001-02

911,406

311,848

2002-03

1,336,481

364,670

2003-04

1,284,902

335,640

2004-05

1,388,071

393,612

Source: HESA Finance Statistics Return, Table 7, Head 2

On (b) the Department has access to data on staff costs by subject area but the figures do not distinguish staff training costs. The costs for nursing and paramedical studies in publicly-funded higher education institutions in England are set out in table 3.

Table 3

£000

Academic year

Academic staff costs

Other staff costs

1997-98

148,568

42,110

1998-99

166,019

50,156

1999-2000

177,679

51,393

2000-01

190,583

58,177

2001-02

200,690

59,573

2002-03

222,153

63,941

2003-04

245,733

73,325

2004-05

265,668

80,843

Source: HESA Finance Statistics Return, Table 6, Cost centre 5