HC Deb 01 March 1978 vol 945 cc246-7W
Mr. Raison

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what would be the estimated effect on employment per additional or reduced £100 million expenditure on the education service.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

This would depend entirely on how the extra resources were spent by local education authorities or grant-aided bodies. For example, £100 million would be sufficient to employ about 25,000 teachers in maintained schools, assuming they were all new entrants or re-entrants and that no significant additional expenditure was incurred other than for salaries, superannuation and national insurance contributions. The same sum spent on capital construction would create about 5,600 jobs over the period of the construction depending on the type of educational buildings being erected. In practice, extra resources of this size would be spread over many different forms of expenditure, some more labour intensive than others. The same would be true of a reduction in educational expenditure of this amount.

Back to