HC Deb 29 June 1961 vol 643 c62W
Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of Education if he will state the number of children in Wales who are being taught in classes over the statutory number of forty in primary schools and over thirty in secondary schools; and how these numbers compare with the comparative average numbers for 1960.

Sir D. Eccles

Figures for January, 1961, will not be available until later in the year. In junior classes in 1960 there were 20,000 pupils or 7.7 per cent. of the age group, compared with 22,300 or 8.4 per cent. in 1959. In senior classes there were 102,600 pupils or 59.3 per cent. in 1960 compared with 100,780 or 60.2 per cent. in 1959.