HC Deb 10 March 1981 vol 1000 cc266-7W
20. Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how he expects the reduction in educational expenditure to affect educational provision and standards in the Northern region of England.

Mr. Macfarlane

My right hon. and learned Friend gave his assessment of the implications for the education service of the Government's expenditure plans, over the country as a whole, in his answer to the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) on 16 December last year. There are no reasons for supposing that the implications in the Northern region will differ from the implications nationally.