Schoolchildren (Statistics)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th February 1985.

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Photo of Mr Michael Colvin Mr Michael Colvin , Romsey and Waterside 12:00 am, 19th February 1985

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his latest estimate of the number of children in school by 1 January 1987.

Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford

By January 1987, some 7·5 million children are projected to be in schools in England.

Photo of Mr Michael Colvin Mr Michael Colvin , Romsey and Waterside

While accepting that the quality of teachers may be more important than their quantity, may I ask my hon. Friend to confirm that it is the policy of his Department to go on improving pupil-teacher ratios even though school rolls may continue to fall?

Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford

We are of the opinion that money saved on taking surplus places out of use can best be spent within the school to improve facilities and the pupil-teacher ratio. In that sense, I agree with my hon. Friend.