HC Deb 19 November 1970 vol 806 c454W
48 and 49. Mr. Goodhart

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if she will ensure that all education authorities in England and Wales spend at least £1 sterling per child in primary schools on school textbooks in 1971–72;

(2) if she will take action to maintain the proportion of education authority expenditure allocated to books.

Mrs. Thatcher

I attach great importance to the provision of adequate school books and equipment but expenditure on these items is a matter for the local education authorities to decide.