HC Deb 26 June 1989 vol 155 c286W
Mr. Wray

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the total grants given to the Glasgow school of art by his Department for each year since 1981 in 1989 money; and what is the planned grant for 1990–91.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The information is set out in the table.

Glasgow school of art recurrent and non-recurrent grants(£ million Financial year)
Financial year Recurrent Non-recurrent Total grants
1981–82 3.376 0.306 3.682
1982–83 3.767 0.420 4.137
1983–84 3.823 0.128 3.951
1984–85 3.867 0.391 4.258
1985–86 3.832 0.249 4.081
1986–87 3.957 0.034 3.991
1987–88 4.059 0.493 4.552
1988–89 3.889 0.761 4.650

Note: The figures have been expressed at 1989–90 prices, using the latest GDP deflator.

For 1989–90, an offer of £3.795 million grant-in-aid for recurrent expenditure has been made, subject to parliamentary approval; the value of non-recurrent grant (for capital items) has not yet been determined. Firm plans have not yet been made for 1990–91; decisions will be made towards the end of this year in the light of the school's institutional plans, resources available for the grant-aided college sector as a whole, and the Government's proposals to shift the balance of funding for universities and colleges such as Glasgow school of art from grant-in-aid towards students' tuition fees with effect from the academic year 1990–91.

Mr. Wray

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to ensure that the Glasgow school of art remains open.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

I have every confidence that the school will continue. My recent decision to abolish quotas on student intakes will encourage the school to increase student numbers and generate more income.

Departmental officials are in close touch with the school about the preparation of its institutional plan for 1990–91 and beyond, and decisions on the allocation of grant-in-aid for 1990–91 will be taken later this year in the light of that. I am also considering proposals for major capital expenditure to improve physical facilities at the school.

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