HC Deb 17 December 1985 vol 89 c117W
33. Mr. Gerald Bowden

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information is available to him to compare the achievements of pupils and the cost of education in selective and non-selective systems.

Mr. Chris Patten

The Department regularly collects data giving information on examination results for individual local authorities but not for individual schools. Reliable comparisons of achievements in selective and non-selective systems require data, which are not available, on the social background factors for pupils and their attainments on entry to individual schools. Data on costs for individual schools or school systems are not collected by the Department.