§ Mr. Swayne
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the total expenditure on primary and secondary education in Wales expressed as a proportion of the GDP of Wales; and what was the proportion in May 1997. 
§ Mr. Hain
Public expenditure on primary and secondary education in Wales including early years and special education, is budgeted to be around £1,124 million in 1997–98 and £1,196 million in 1998–99. Expressed as a proportion of the 1997 GDP for Wales, the latest available, the figures are 4.1 and 4.3 per cent. respectively.
Capital expenditure is not available in the required detail for the period in question and has therefore been excluded.
In future this will become the responsibility of the National Assembly.