§ Mr. Moyle
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will give the amount of central Government asistance to British universities as absolute amounts and as a percentage of Government expenditure and expenditure on education for the years 1945, 1955, 1965 and 1970, respectively.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
Figures for 1945 are not available. Details for the later years are as follows:
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT GRANTS TO UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM Financial Years 1954–55 1964–65 1969–70 Expenditure in £m. 30.0 145.0 253.0 Expenditure as percentage of total expenditure by central Government 0.5 1.3 1.3 Expenditure as percentage of total public expenditure on education 5.4 9.5 10.0