HC Deb 13 July 1972 vol 840 c396W
26. Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is her latest estimate of the cost of implementing the James Report, in its current form.

Mrs. Thatcher

Depending upon the extent to which the recommendations are implemented and the size of the teaching force at the time, I expect the figures to be upwards of £50 million annual recurrent expenditure and £30 million capital expenditure plus further sums which cannot yet be estimated.

The report itself, however, envisages that its proposals would be implemented in large measure by a redeployment of existing resources; to that extent the net additional public expenditure would be less than the estimates quoted above.