§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children are currently educated (a) by the State and (b) privately, in the United Kingdom.
§ Dr. Boyson
In January 1979, the latest date for which the information is available, there were in England, 8,562,142 full-time and part-time pupils attending schools maintained by local education authorities. There were 532,008 pupils attending non-maintained schools. Statistical information for schools in the other three countries comprising the United Kingdom is the responsibility of my center hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.