HC Deb 06 November 1973 vol 863 cc106-7W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will obtain and list in the OFFICIAL REPORT under the headings of the relevant local authorities the names of those schools with staff shortage where pupils were attending for less than normal hours for the week ended Friday 26th October, together with the number of pupils concerned in each school and within each authority.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

No. Some schools had a half-term holiday that week. In any case, though my right hon. Friend naturally keeps a careful watch on the situation she is reluctant to put on local education authorities the burden and expense of day-to-day reporting in a matter such as this, which falls within their own responsibility.