§ Mr. Mike Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is her estimate of the school population there will be in the Northern Region in 1981 and in Wales and the other English regions, respectively; and what assumptions she has made in the calculations.
§ Miss Margaret Jackson
My Department's estimates of the number of pupils in maintained primary and secondary schools in the English regions and in Wales in 1981 are as follows:
Estimated school population in 1981 Northern Region 570,000 Wales 519,000 Other English Regions Yorkshire and Humberside 889,000 North-West 1,187,000 East Midlands 672,000 West Midlands 960,000 East Anglia 298,000 Greater London 1,065,000 Other South-East 1,639,000 South-West 674,000
The above figures have been calculated from the projection for England and Wales as a whole on the basis of past trends in the proportions of the total school population at each age within each region.