HC Deb 03 February 1976 vol 904 cc569-70W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received concerning future levels of educational expenditure.

Mr. Mulley

Most of the representations I receive have a relevance to educational expenditure. I am anxious that education should have its fair share of public expenditure at a time of economic constraint, although I cannot undertake in all cases to meet the requests of those who make such representations.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what net annual increase in January 1977 over January 1976 he postulated in his calculations of relevant expenditure for the purposes of rate support grant in the settlement just concluded for the financial year 1976–77.

Miss Joan Lestor

The projected numbers of pupils in maintained primary and secondary schools, taken into account for the expenditure forecasts, are shown below. The figures refer to England and Wales, are net of provision made within the urban programme, and are expressed as thousands.

Aged under 11 years
January 1976 4866.5
January 1977 4823.8
Change -42.7
Aged 11 and over
January 1976 4142.9
January 1977 4230.9
Change +88.0

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