§ Mr. McQuarrie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the change in the levels of (a) provision and (b) standards in education in the years 1979 to 1985; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
Between 1979–80 and 1984–85, the provision made for education in the rate support grant settlements increased in real terms by 5.1 per cent per pupil. In making this level of provision, the Government's aim has been to maintain standards and effect improvements in appropriate areas.