HC Deb 03 February 1986 vol 91 c19W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has as to how many teachers the Liverpool education authority is below establishment and as to the distribution between types of schools and individual schools.

Mr. Chris Patten

Levels of teacher staffing are the responsibility of local education authorities, which alone have up-to-date information on posts filled. Pupil-teacher ratios within primary and secondary schools in the Liverpool education authority were 20.6:1 and 15.8:1, respectively, in January 1985. The equivalent figures for England were 22.1:1 and 16.1:1. More detailed information in respect of individual schools could not be provided without disproportionate cost.