§ Mr. Latham
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current range of costs per annum for children of his Department's staff serving overseas who are attending boarding schools in the United Kingdom and in respect of whom the fees are met wholly or partly by his Department; and what is the average cost per pupil.
§ Mr. Eggar
Current costs of fees range from £2,247 per annum up to £5, 085.57 per annum, which is the maximum allowance payable for a boy at senior school. Costs over and above this maximum are met by individual officers. The estimated average annual cost per pupil for the 1986–87 financial year is £4,222.30.
FCO costs also include those of concessionary journeys (normally at Apex rates) to enable children to rejoin their parents during school holidays. Cost in respect of such journeys are expected to total £906,000 in the 1986–87 financial year, that is, an average of £1,192 per pupil.