Skip to main content

Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-22390: Mary Fee (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it spends on (a) primary and (b) secondary education, also expressed as a percentage of GDP.

Answered by: John Swinney 17 April 2019

The Scottish Government funds primary and secondary education through the local government finance settlement. It is the responsibility of individual local authorities to manage their own budgets on the basis of local needs and priorities.

Gross revenue expenditure by local authorities on education increased from £5.1 billion in 2016-17 to £5.2 billion in 2017-18, a real terms increase of 1.0 per cent. Expenditure on primary education was £2.1 billion and secondary education £2.0 billion in 2017-18. This data is collected from local authorities via the Local Financial Returns (LFR).

Nominal GDP for Scotland’s onshore economy was £155.8 billion in 2017. This figure is taken from GDP Quarterly National Accounts ( https://www2.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00546840.pdf )

Expenditure on primary education as a proportion of GDP in 2017 was 1.35%. Expenditure on secondary education as a proportion of GDP in 2017 was 1.28%