HC Deb 20 January 1972 vol 829 c242W
Mr. Joel Barnett

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, in the recent public expenditure proposals set out in Command Paper No. 4829, what is the estimated expenditure of her Department in Lancashire, including the county boroughs, for each of the years to 1975–76; how this compares with other regions; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Thatcher

The projections of educational expenditure in Cmnd 4829 do not represent an aggregate of forecasts made for individual local authority areas, but rest upon national forecasts of pupil, student and teacher numbers, and cost levels. They cannot therefore meaningfully be used to derive projections of educational expenditure for particular areas, since these would need to take account of all the relevant local factors.