HC Deb 13 March 1973 vol 852 c311W
Mr. Hicks

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate she has made of the cost of increasing the teaching force to 570,000 by 1981; and how this estimate compares with the cost of increasing the number of teachers to 510,000 by that date as proposed in the White Paper.

Mrs. Thatcher

I estimate that the additional training costs involved in raising the teacher force to 570,000 by 1981 instead of 510,000 might be of the order of £200 million, excluding capital, and that the 60,000 additional teachers assumed to be in service in 1981–82 would cost some £100 million more than the annual salary bill of £117 million for a teacher force of 510,000.