§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the total amount of public expenditure for the Welsh primary and secondary schools sector; what estimates he has made of the likely numbers of teacher redundancies; by how much the modernisation and rebuilding purpose of primary and secondary schools will be cut; by how much the nursery schools programme will be cut; what estimates he has of nursery school closures in Wales consequent upon the Budget Statement; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
Current and capital expenditure by local education authorities on primary and secondary education in Wales amounted to £242 million net in 1977–78, excluding elements not apportioned between the education sectors. It is for authorities to decide how many teachers to employ, what building work to undertake and what level of nursery provision to make, consistent with the Government's requirement for authorities to contain their expenditure.