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Pre-school Education: Expenditure

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what total amount was spent on (a) pre-school education and (b) school nursery education in each of the last 20 years, at today’s prices. (133353)

[holding answer 23 April 2007]: The available information is contained within the following table which shows central and local government expenditure on under fives. Separate figures for pre-school education and school nursery education are not available. Capital expenditure is not included in these figures.

Expenditure1989-901,3471990-911,4731991-921,6201992-931,7491993-941,8431994-951,9441995-961,9651996-972,0051997-982,1141998-992,1571999-20002,3992000-012,6832001-023,2322002-033,2912003-043,6572004-0513,9202005-0624,010 1 Provisional.2 Estimated.Notes: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 Under 5’s education spending in HM Treasury’s PESA Report are the result of (a) data coverage: the exclusion of AME items in the above 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 above table excludes these, (c) classifications made since Budget 2006 of Connexions spending to social protection and Adult Education spend to training in line with UN COFOG definitions, (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 footnotes to that table set out the underlying data sources. 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.4. All figures have been converted to 2005-06 price levels using the 27 September 2006 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) deflators.5. Central Government funding on grant-maintained schools has been apportioned to under-fives using pupil numbers.6. Figures from 2003-04 onwards reflect the transfer of responsibility from the Department to LEAs of costs relating to teachers’ pensions.7. Under five figures include education expenditure on Sure Start (Sure Start figures exclude current grant).8. Sources of the figures in the table are as follows: 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.