HC Deb 22 November 1983 vol 49 c103W
36. Mr. Hicks

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to the rising five programme within primary education; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dunn

Government expenditure plans allow for a gradual increase in the numbers of children admitted to school below the statutory minimum age. Locally, it is for each authority to decide what it can provide in the light of local needs, priorities and the availability of resources.