HC Deb 22 February 1990 vol 167 cc875-6W
Mr. Allan Stewart

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will announce the allocations of grant in aid for recurrent expenditure to the grant-aided colleges in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang

I am pleased to announce that the Secretary of State has made the following offers of grant in aid for recurrent expenditure to the 17 grant-aided colleges for the financial year 1990–91. The offers, which are conditional on parliamentary approval of the supply estimates, are as follows:

Offer 1990–91 £ million
Central Institutions
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 3.844
Dundee Institute of Technology 7.273
Edinburgh College of Art 3.973
Glasgow College of Technology 12.588
Glasgow School of Art 3.557
Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh 18.441
Paisley College of Technology 10.661
Queen Margaret College 4.603

Offer 1990–91 £ million
Queen's College, Glasgow 3.183
Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology 11.953
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama 2.468
Scottish College of Textiles 2.403
Colleges of Education
Craigie College of Education 1.555
Jordanhill College of Education 10.534
Moray House College of Education 7.906
Northern College of Education 6.337
St. Andrew's College of Education 3.803

Comparisons of these grants in aid against those made in 1989–90 need to take account of the shift of public funding towards fees and other factors. The offers are designed to ensure that no college will receive an increase of less than 3 per cent. or more than 13 per cent over the initial allocations made in 1989–90. Because the colleges will also benefit from substantial savings as a result of higher rates relief for charities, this should allow expenditure to increase by at least 5 per cent. in 1990–91, and for most colleges by substantially more.

Excluding the effect of the shift of funding to fees. which will be neutral in terms of public expenditure, but bringing into account the savings that will accrue to the colleges from changes in rates relief for charities, the overall level of public funding for the colleges will be some 11 per cent. higher than in 1989–90. I am pleased that we have been able to provide such an increase in funding, which should enable the colleges to further expand student intakes, notably for pre-service courses of teacher training.