HC Deb 09 May 1978 vol 949 cc454-5W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will publish in the Official Report the detailed information sent to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West on 11th April pursuant to her reply to the hon. Member's Written Question No. 68, Friday 7th April 1978 regarding the question of teachers, staffs and costs.

Miss Margaret Jackson

Following is the text of my letter to my hon. Friend:

In addition to these there are teachers in occasional service and part-time teachers. Information about those in occasional service is available only for those employed full-time in maintained schools, not for those employed part time nor those employed in maintained further education establishments nor in any part of the direct grant sector. Information about part-time teachers is available for the school sector (maintained and direct grant) but not about the further education sector. The numbers involved, as at January of each year, are given in Table 2 below:
1974 1975 1976 1977
Full-time qualified teachers in occasional service (maintained schools sector) 4.1 4.6 4.2 4.6
Full-time equivalent of part-time teachers in regular service:
Maintained schools sector 22.9 23.6 21.4 18.7
Direct grant schools sector 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.5
TOTAL 27.5 28.7 26.1 23.9

Although Tables 1 and 2 are not strictly comparable in terms of dates within each year, and Table 2 covers slightly fewer types of institution than does Table 1, the two tables are comparable in coverage from year to year. It is therefore reasonable to add the two together in looking at broad trends and this I have done in Table 3, which also shows the numbers of staff employed in my Department as at 31st March on each of the years in question:
1974 1975 1976 1977
Full-time, part-time and occasional service teachers employed (full-time equivalent) 533.6 552.6 564.2 568.6
Staff at Department of Education and Science 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.7
The increase in the numbers of teaching staff reflects both the increase in the number of pupils and the efforts of local authorities to maintain staffing standards in line with Government policy. The decline in Departmental staff in 1977 was a consequence of the Government's determination to restrain the size of the Civil Service.

Figures broadly comparable to Tables 1 and 2 above for expenditure on the salaries of teachers in maintained and grant-aided schools and further education establishments together with expenditure on Department of Education and Science staff salaries are given in Table 4:
£ million outturn prices
Financial year
1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77
Teachers' salaries:
Maintained schools and establishments 1,418.9 2,080.1 2,668.5 3,000.2
Direct grant schools and establishments 36.5 50.5 64.8 (Not available)
TOTAL TEACHERS 1,455.4 2,130.7 2,733.3 (Not available)
Department of Education and Science staff salaries 8.6 10.5 13.8 14.1
The marked increase in teachers' salaries is chiefly the result of the implementation of the recommendations of the Houghton Committee.
I hope that you find the above information helpful.
Yours sincerely,

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