HC Deb 26 July 1985 vol 83 cc799-800W
Dr. Marek

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to the answer of 8 July, Official

Unit Costs (£) real terms
Expenditure on 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84
Books 4.2 4.4 3.9 4.4 4.4
Repairs and maintenance of buildings and grounds 33.4 32.5 21.8 32.1 34.2
Educational equipment 10.4 10.1 8.8 11.2 10.2
Books 8.5 7.7 7.8 8.7 11.4
Repairs and maintenance of buildings and grounds 43.6 43.5 26.3 39.4 39.6
Educational equipment 17.5 17.5 17.3 23.2 23.6

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the average pupil to teacher ratio in primary and secondary schools for Surrey, South-West; and how this compares with the ratio during the last five years.

Mr. Dunn

Pupil/teacher ratios for south west Surrey are not available centrally. The pupil/teacher ratio in maintained primary and secondary schools in Surrey for the five years 1980 to 1984 are as follows:

Pupil/teacher ratios in maintained schools in Surrey
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
Primary* schools 21.7 21.4 22.2 22.1 22.5
Secondary* schools 16.3 16.3 16.5 16.4 16.4
* Including middle as deemed.

Report, column 352, if he will list the sources from which the Natural Environment Research Council is seeking contributions towards the United Kingdom's subscription to full membership of the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling; what is Her Majesty's Government, policy towards the possibility of partially meeting the cost of the United Kingdom's subscription from public funds providing that a matching contribution can be obtained from other sources; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Brooke

While discussions continue it would be inappropriate to give further details of sources being approached, beyond those already given. My right hon. Friend hopes that it will prove possible to put together enough money from the public and private sectors to enable the United Kingdom to become a full member of the ocean drilling programme.