HC Deb 20 July 1982 vol 28 c206
22. Mr. Marks

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied with the availability of up-to-date statistics on education in England.

Sir Keith Joseph

Yes, bearing in mind the resources available for this work. The aim is always to improve the quality and speed of availability of statistics where possible.

Mr. Marks

Why is it that at the end of the school year, and five months after receiving the returns from local authorities, the Secretary of State cannot tell us the pupil-teacher ratio in every local education authority? Will he seriously consider pupil-teacher ratios and ask himself whether he is giving us the true facts?

Sir Keith Joseph

We have to rely on figures from local education authorities and from 26,000 schools be fore we can compile the statistics.