§ Mr. Sarwar
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent per pupil at primary schools in Scotland in real terms in(a) 1979, (b) 1989 and (c) the most recent year for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Wilson
The information is given in the table. 1995–96 is the latest financial year for which information is currently available. The figures, which are derived from local authority financial returns, do not include the cost of home to school transport, school meals, education authority central administration costs and loan charges.
£ Year Amount 1979–80 1,203 1989–90 1,780 1995–96 1,866
Expenditure per primary school pupil, adjusted to 1995–96 prices using the GDP deflator