§ Dr. Hampson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list the total United Kingdom education expenditure(a) at current prices, (b) as a percentage of United Kingdom gross national product and (c) as a percentage of total public expenditure in (i) 1966–67, (ii) 1976–77, (iii) 1986–87 and (iv) 1996–97. 491W
§ Mr. Robin Squire
[holding answer 5 November I996]: Data for 1966–67 are not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Outturn information for 1996–97 is not currently available. Figures for 1995–96 have been substituted.
1976–77 1986–87 1995–96 Total UK public expenditure on education at current prices £7.8 billion £18.7 billion £35.9 billion (est. outturn) As a percentage of GNP 5.9 Per cent. 4.8 Per cent. 5.1 Per cent. As a percentage of total public expenditure 13.0 Per cent. 11.3 Per cent. 11.9 Per cent. Number of pre-16 pupils in the maintained sector 10.113 million 7.923 million 7.957 million