HL Deb 27 February 1989 vol 504 c934WA
Earl Russell

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of the total cost per qualifier of producing graduates is attributable to public expenditure in the United Kingdom, France, West Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States of America, and how the figures for all expenditure differ from the figures excluding student support and welfare.

Viscount Davidson

The readily available information on expenditure per qualifier in higher education is as follows: Public Recurrent Expenditure on higher education per qualifier at 1984 prices1 (calendar year) Current expenditure per qualifier

Country Year of support and Source Data All £'000 Excluding student support and welfare £'000
France 1983 8.5 7.8
Germany2 1984 15.6 15.1
Italy 1983 16.5 16.0
Japan3 1982 25.2 25.0
Netherlands 1984 22.8 20.5
United Kingdom4 1984 14.7 11.7
USA5 1982 21.6 19.8

  1. 1. At purchasing power parity; data prior to 1984 have been adjusted via consumer price indices.
  2. 2. Revised coverage of source statistics.
  3. 3. Excludes public subsidies to private education and qualifiers in the private sector. Private sector course characteristics suggest lower cost per qualifier overall.
  4. 4. Excluding expenditure and students on nursing and paramedical courses at DHSS establishments. Also excludes tuition fees and in-service teacher training secondments and costs.
  5. 5. Provisional; includes capital.


Statistical Bulletin 4/87

UNESCO Statistical Year Book

OECD Comparative Statistics


Information on expenditure from all sources is not readily available.