HL Deb 01 July 2003 vol 650 cc80-1WA
Lord Dubs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the average expenditure, for the most recent year, for each pupil in a primary school in Northern Ireland; and what is the comparable figure for England. [HL3291]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The table below sets out the information requested for the latest year for which data are available (2001–02). The figure for Northern Ireland is taken from outturn statements published by each of the education and library boards for controlled and maintained schools and the Department for Education in respect of grant-maintained integrated schools. The figure for England represents net current expenditure and is drawn from the DfES Section 52 outturn statements for 2001–02 as reported by local education authorities. Direct comparison of these per capita figures is not appropriate given the differences in the levels of delegated responsibility, the incidence of small schools and differing levels of social deprivation.

Year 2001–02
Northern Ireland £2,402
England £2,700