§ 43. Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on pupil-teacher ratios in classes, in the light of current savings in public expenditure.
§ Mr. Mark Carlisle
Pupil-teacher ratios within schools currently stand at a best-ever 23.1: 1 in primary schools and 16.7: 1 in secondary schools. The Government's policy on provision for teachers in schools up to the year 1983–84 was set out in "The Government's Expenditure Plans"—Cmnd 7841—published on 26 March.