HC Deb 21 May 1982 vol 24 c192W
Miss Joan Lestor

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what would be the recurrent and initial capital cost of providing nursery education for all 3 and 4-year-olds.

Dr. Boyson

The present expenditure plans allow for current and capita**l expenditure on education for under-fives of £254 million and £12 million respectively in 1982–83. By reference to unit costs, the additional recurrent cost of extending provision nursery education to the entire 3 and 4-year-old age group is estimated to be approximately £425 million and the initial capital cost between £800 million and £1 billion. These estimates make no allowance for any economies of scale or, in the case of capital expenditure, for the use of surplus accommodation.