HC Deb 15 May 1973 vol 856 c273W
2. Mrs. Doris Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will give priority in her consideration of school building proposals to reducing primary school classes which have 45 pupils or more.

Mrs. Thatcher

In January 1972, the latest date for which figures are available, only 0.33 per cent. of primary classes in England contained more than 45 pupils. Many of these were in open plan and team teaching systems, and I expect the remainder to be eliminated progressively as primary numbers decline and the supply of buildings and staffing standards improve.

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