HC Deb 22 March 1976 vol 908 cc23-4W
Mr. Jessel

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the figures for the intake of children into primary schools for each of the last five years, and the forecast figures for 1976. 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Miss Margaret Jackson

Statistics are not available in a form which would show the numbers of children entering primary schools in a particular year. The numbers of children aged 5 attending maintained primary schools in England and Wales in January of each year from 1971 to 1975, together with estimates for each year from 1976 to 1980 are as follows:

At January Pupils aged 5(Thousands) (Age at 31st December of preceding year)
1971 794
1972 783
1973 768
1974 755
1975 736
1976 724(projected)
1977 723(projected)
1978 670(projected)
1979 625(projected)
1980 593(projected)

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