HC Deb 06 December 1979 vol 975 cc281-2W
Mr. Cyril Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total number of children of statutory school age, and the numbers of teachers employed to teach those children, in the years 1976, 1977 and 1978; and how many of the teachers so employed were married women teachers.

Dr. Boyson

The total number of children of statutory school age in all schools in England and Wales at January 1976, 1977 and 1978 was 8,967,645, 8,983,749 and 8,912,684 respectively. The second part of the hon. Member's question relating to the teachers employed to teach the above children raises a number of technical problems which would take up an excessive amount of space in theOfficial Report to explain and can be explained more fully in a letter. I shall therefore write to the hon. Member.