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Higher Education: Expenditure

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding was given to (a) higher education institutions, (b) further education colleges for higher education activity and (c) further education colleges for further education activity from each relevant public sector budget, including European Union funding, in the last year for which figures are available. (149031)

For (a) funding for higher education institutions, the data from the HESA finance record for 2005-06 are at (Annex A) as follows.

Annex A: public income received by HEFCE funded HEIs 2005-06

£ million

Funding council grants

6,121

Home and EC fees paid by SLC, LEAs, SAAS, DEL Ml, DH +full-time fees paid from other sources

1,410

Research income: Research councils

893

Research income: UK cent Government

441

Research income: EU Government

173

Other income: UK cent Government

329

Other income: Grants from local authorities

2

Other income: Income from health and hospital authorities

256

Total public income

9,626

Source:

HESA finance record, Table 5a and 5b

As part of (b), the HEFCE recurrent funding that we allocated to directly-funded further education colleges (FECs) in 2005-06 was £147 million (source: HEFCE 2005/43 ‘Recurrent grants for 2005-06: final allocations’). In addition to this, special funding and capital allocations to directly-funded FECs in 2005-06 totalled £24 million.

Funding for FECs that are indirectly funded is within that of the HEI funding and is not separately identifiable.

As for (c), the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is responsible for funding of Further Education colleges. In 2006-07 financial year, total expenditure by the LSC on further education was £4,979 million; this figure excludes expenditure by LSC on further education colleges funded through the European Social Fund (ESF). Details of ESF expenditure is a matter for the LSC as they determine these matters. Mark Haysom, the Council’s chief executive, will write to the hon. Gentleman with further information. A copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 18 September 2007:

I am responding to the second part of your question to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on your question around funding for further education colleges for further education activity from each relevant public sector budget, including European Union funding, in the last year for which figures are available.

In addition to the £4,979m total expenditure by the LSC on further education in the 2006-07 financial year already provided in the written reply of 11th July, an additional £55m of European Social Fund was also spent in further education colleges.