HC Deb 21 December 1982 vol 34 cc489-90W
Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the per capita expenditure on education in each of the last five years.

Sir Keith Joseph

The available information is as follows:

Financial year Cost per head of the population
1977–78 146
1978–79 161
1979–80 185
1980–81 226
1981–82 245

Mr. Christopher Price

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the education grant-related expenditure assessments for every local education authority in England for 1983.

Sir Keith Joseph

I am considering the request for this information and will write to the hon. Member in January.

Mr. Christopher Price

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the percentage change in education grant-related expenditures for 1983–84 compared with that in 1981–82 and 1982–83.

Sir Keith Joseph

The overall education grant-related expenditure assessments for 1981–82, 1982–83 and 1983–84 are as follows:

Year £ million
1981–82 9,132.1 (100)
1982–83 9,865.2 (108)
1983–84 *10,016.3 (110)
* (a) The total for 1983–84 takes into account the reduction in the rate of the national insurance surcharge.
(b) In 1983–84 there is also a sum of £904 million included within the RSG settlement but not allocated between services. Some of this will be spent on education.

These totals are derived from the Government's plans for local authorities' current expenditure on education and meals and milk, together with their net expenditure on mandatory student awards, part of their general administrative costs, and the financing cost of certain capital expenditure. The totals are net of estimated specific grants.

Mr. Dobson

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list any changes which have been made in the last 12 months in the factors used to assess grant-related expenditure to local education authorities.

Sir Keith Joseph

No major changes have been made in the method of calculating education grant related expenditure assessments in the "Rate Support Grant Report (England) 1983–84" compared to the method used for 1982–83. However the following modifications have been made:

  1. (a) the GRE for child guidance and health is now distributed pro rata to schools GRE;
  2. (b) the GRE for those students following non-advanced courses of further education on a part-time basis who are not on day or block release is distributed as part of adult education GRE;
  3. (c) the indicator of pupils receiving free school meals has been replaced by a more up-to-date indicator of pupils in families receiving Supplementary Benefit; and
  4. (d) some minor changes have been made to the indicators of additional educational needs in order to allow the use of data from the 1981 Census.

Details of the method used to calculate GREs for 1982–83 are given in "Grant-related Expenditure: How the expenditure needs of local authorities are assessed for block grant 1982–83" (Department of the Environment Local Government Finance Policy Directorate, February 1982) a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.