HC Deb 24 January 1973 vol 849 c184W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what criteria, both statistical and other, she uses to assess the cost effectiveness of the primary and secondary levels in the state education system.

Mrs. Thatcher

I do not regard it as feasible to apply a cost effectiveness approach to the maintained primary and secondary school system. In general I think it right to rely on the professional judgment of Her Majesty's inspectors for an assessment of the success with which the schools are performing their functions.