HC Deb 09 July 1973 vol 859 c270W
Mr. Lomas

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will show by how much the cost of paper, printing, and binding of school books has risen since 1970; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Thatcher

Financial statistics are not available in the required detail. However, expenditure on school textbooks and library books is identified and has risen over the past three years as follows:

£ millions at outturn prices
1969–70 1970–71 1971–72
England and Wales 13.4 15.7 19.4