§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department have(a) children in fee-paying schools for whom Her Majesty's Government meet the bill because the officials are posted abroad and (b) children in fee-paying schools for whom Her Majesty's Government meet the bill 413W after the officials have returned because their children remain in the school; and if he will detail the cost for the last 15 years for each of these two categories.
§ Mr. Goodlad
In the time available it has not been possible to retrieve all of the information requested. I shall write to the hon. Member in due course with the balance of the information.
In academic year 1992–93:
- (a) 313 officials of the Diplomatic Service serving overseas had children in fee-paying schools in the United Kingdom, plus an unquantifiable number who had children educated locally at post. The cost was £3.9 million in the United Kingdom and £2 million overseas.
- (b) 182 diplomatic service officials serving in the United Kingdom had children in fee-paying schools. The cost was £3.93 million.
The comparable figures for the three previous years, are as follows:
1991–92 (a) 340, £3.91 million, £1.78 million (b) 200, £3.75 million 1990–91 (a) 374, £3.88 million, £1.67 million (b) 223, £3.65 million 1989–90 (a) 390, £3.55 million, £1.57 million (b) 240, £3.54 million
This breakdown does not exist for earlier years, in which the total cost for (a) boarding school allowance and (b) local education was:
(a) Boarding school allowance (£ million) (b) Local education (£ million) 1988–89 7.08 1.53 1987–88 7.03 1.5 1986–87 6.81 1.3 1985–86 6.44 1.19 1984–85 6.24 1.22 1983–84 5.94 1
The Overseas Development Administration has five officials serving overseas who have children in fee-paying schools in the United Kingdom. The cost in 1992–93 was £45,228.77. One official serving in the United Kingdom has children in a fee-paying school and the cost was £15,620.00. For earlier years the costs were:
United Kingdom (£) Overseas (£) 1991–92 2,093 63,170.81 1990–91 nil 65,879.69 1989–90 38,694.67 86,247.82
We do not "meet the bill" for schools in the United Kingdom. Her Majesty's Government make a contribution towards the basic fees, up to a ceiling which is based on the average fee of headmasters' conference schools.