§ Dr. Kim Howells
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the increase in the current year of 3 per cent. in expenditure on institutions of higher and further education in Wales, in the light of the current inflation levels.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
The higher education quantum for 1989–90 is based on a figure 8.75 per cent. higher than last year's allocation. Some LEAs may provide further resources for higher education in addition to their share of the quantum to meet local priorities. Recurrent expenditure on further education is supported from the overall provision for local authority current expenditure on education, which rose by 6.3 per cent. between 1988–89 and the current year. Capital expenditure on higher and further education institutions in 1989–90 is expected to exceed last year's figure of £10.7 million by a substantial factor.