Amongst UK students almost 6 million were engaged in post-compulsory education; 0.5 million in schools, 4.2 million in further education and almost 1.2 million in higher education. 69% studied part-time.
Net expenditure on education increased from 1.6 billion (4.6% of GDP) in 1965/66 to 29.5 billion, (5.1% of the GDP) in 1991/92.
The number of pupils under 5 receiving education in schools (817 thousand) represented almost 53% of the 3 and 4 year old population, compared with 21% twenty years ago;
Baroness Blatch remarked on the new statistics: 'In last year's very demanding public expenditure round, the Government announced an increase of 6.8% in central government spending on education for 1994/95. Education remains central to the Government's priorities.'