HC Deb 28 July 1960 vol 627 c178W
65. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Education what is the latest figure in his possession about the proportion of secondary school children being educated in classes of over 30 pupils; and to what extent he expects to reduce this figure in the next three years.

Sir D. Eccles

Provisional estimates show that in January, 1960, 65 per cent. of senior pupils were in oversize classes. Between now and January, 1963, there are likely to be about 10,000 additional teachers available for the improvement of staffing standards, but I cannot reliably forecast their distribution between primary and secondary schools.