HC Deb 20 June 1988 vol 135 c385W
Mr. Gordon Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give the public spending per head for senior school pupils and those in non-advanced further education in pound sterling for Germany, France, the United States of America and Italy.

Mrs. Rumbold

The readily available information is shown in the table. As my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Mr. Dunn) explained in his reply of 10 June to the hon. Member, for international comparisons, non-advanced further education is included with secondary education at the second level. Figures for the United Kingdom have been included for comparison.

Recurrent public expenditure per pupil/student at the second level at 1984 values1
Year of data (beginning in) £ purchasing power parity2 (1984 values)3
Germany, Federal Republic of4 1984 1,410(1,340)
France5 1982 1,610(1,520)
United States of America6 1983 15207
United Kingdom4 1984 1,400(1,280)

Main source: UNESCO Statistical Yearbook.

1 Where necessary, data have been adjusted to calendar years.

2 Local currencies have been adjusted using purchasing power parities, which allow for differences in the cost of living as well as exchange rates. Basic data prior to 1984 have been adjusted by Consumer Price indices.

3 Bracket figures exclude unallocated sums within budgets.

4 Public sector education only.

5 Public expenditure including subsidies to private education and pupils in public and private education.

6 Public elementary and secondary schools.

7 Based on a combined 1st and 2nd level expenditure figures. All expenditure is allocated.