HC Deb 20 October 1981 vol 10 c109W
Mr. Hill

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children are educated outside the State education system; and what would be the cost to the Exchequer if they were educated within the State system.

Dr. Boyson

There were about 527,000 pupils in independent schools in England in January 1981. The average recurrent cost of educating that number of pupils in maintained schools is nearly £400 million a year at current prices. There would also be the initial capital costs of providing additional school places: depending on the geographical distribution of the pupils concerned and the extent to which currently surplus school places could be used, those could amount to around £2,000 million.