§ Mr. Pawsey
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how pupil-teacher ratios in the current year compare with 1978–79.
§ Mr. Dunn
Pupil-teacher ratios for England in January 1979 and January 1983 are as follows:
January 1979 January 1983 Pupil/teacher ratio in maintained primary schools 23.1 22.3 Pupil/teacher ratio in maintained secondary schools 16.7 16.5 Overall pupil/teacher ratio 18.9 18.1
Outturn figures for the pupil-teacher ratios in the current academic year are not yet available.