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SCOTS EDUCATION AND HOUSING WELL PROVIDED FOR, SAYS ROBERTSON

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Commenting on the Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland, 1994-95 report, published today Scottish housing ...
Commenting on the Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland, 1994-95 report, published today Scottish housing and education minister Raymond Robertson said:

'Identifiable spending per head in Scotland on education in 1994-95 was over a quarter higher in Scotland than in the UK as a whole and nearly a third higher than in England. Had spending per head on education in Scotland been limited to the UK average, we would actually be spending £820m less. It is instructive to note that this figure was more than the combined Scottish Office spending in 1994-95 on Higher Education and Further Education.

'This provision allows us to have the smallest class sizes in both primary and secondary schools in Great Britain. It permits higher participation rates after the age of 16. And, in higher education, where there is a net inflow of students from the rest of the UK, it reflects longer and higher-cost courses such as medicine, engineering and science.

'With regard to housing, identifiable expenditure per head in Scotland in 1994-95 was 71% higher than the UK average and almost double that of England.

'The government spent £63 per head more on housing in Scotland than in the UK and £74 per head more than in England. This was worth an additional £320m to Scotland over and above what would have been received had our spending per head been the same as the UK average. For reference, this figure was almost identical to the net funding for Scottish Homes in that year'.
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