Rural Areas

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st November 1979.

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Photo of Mr George Younger Mr George Younger , Ayr 12:00 am, 21st November 1979

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will give more study to the figures. If he does that, he will discover that the reduction in expenditure on education is less than the reduction in pupil numbers, and that the new arrangements will show a slight improvement in the pupil-teacher ratio. The whole design of the assisted places scheme is to give greater help to those on low incomes. I should have thought that the hon. Member, as a Socialist, would approve of that.