§ Mrs. Doris Fisher
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate she has made of likely changes in the pupil-teacher ratio in primary schools in the coming years.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
My right hon. Friend's White Paper envisaged a teaching force by 1981 10 per cent. larger overall than that needed to maintain 1971 staffing standards. The share of30W this improvement achieved in the primary schools will depend on decisions still to be taken after consultation on the distribution of teachers in the event between primary, middle and secondary schools.