§ Mr. Jim Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the average cost of providing a three-year undergraduate course in (a) a polytechnic and (b) a university.
§ Dr. Boyson
The estimated net institutional recurrent costs of a three-year undergraduate course at a polytechnic in England and Wales and at a university in Great Britain, in terms of the costs prevailing in the financial year 1978–79 were £7,350 and £8,700 respectively, at 1980 survey prices. These figures represent the average for the range of courses provided in each sector and are not therefore directly comparable. Institutional recurrent costs exclude costs of student support as well as loan charges.