Pupil Numbers

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th July 1983.

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Photo of Dr Maurice Miller Dr Maurice Miller , East Kilbride 12:00 am, 5th July 1983

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children he estimates will be entering the primary, secondary and further education sectors for each of the next 10 years.

Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford

Projections of enrolment are not available. Numbers of pupils aged five attending English maintained schools are projected to rise from 500,000 to 624,000 between 1983 and 1993, but numbers of pupils aged 11 are projected to fall from 660,000 to 537,000 over the same period.

Photo of Dr Maurice Miller Dr Maurice Miller , East Kilbride

Will the Minister say what future there is for any of those children once they leave school?

Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford

The Government have embarked on a tremendous programme of training for all people aged 16 to 19.

Photo of Alan Haselhurst Alan Haselhurst , Saffron Walden

With regard to the number of pupils entering the primary school sector, will my hon. Friend have regard to the imbalance throughout the country over policy towards rising-fives and consider giving advice to education authorities as to their right priority?

Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford

I note what my hon. Friend has said.

Photo of Mr Stephen Ross Mr Stephen Ross , Isle of Wight

Does the Minister agree that the figures that he has just given, which show a substantial rise in the number of children going into primary school in the next few years, make absolute nonsense of the cuts that are now being imposed on primary schools, to the extent that some are being closed?

Photo of Mr Bill Walker Mr Bill Walker , North Tayside

During discussions with his colleagues in the Department of Education and Science, will my hon. Friend seriously consider the problems that confront youngsters in further education? I include in that the universities, as they are prepared to take on more children without adding to staffing costs. Will he consider that carefully?

Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford

Yes, and I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has noted my hon. Friend's point.