§ Mr. John E. B. Hill
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many new school places are expected to be provided in each year of the improvement programme up to 1975–76; and at what cost per place.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The improvement programmes for 1972–73 and 1973–74 in England include about 101,000 and 125,000 places at an average gross cost per place—including additional and abnormal costs but excluding land, fees and equipment—of about £372 at 1971 prices. I cannot yet give figures for 1974–75 and 1975–76 when a further £44 million will be allocated in each year.