HC Deb 08 July 1986 vol 101 cc127-8W
17. Mr. Loyden

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he intends to take to deal with the problem of shortages of teaching materials in schools.

Mr. Chris Patten

In successive rate support grant settlements the Government have made provision for local authorities to increase their spending on items such as books, equipment and materials, provided they can make savings through increased efficiency and contain costs generally. We are also making extra resources available to enable authorities to provide additional books and equipment for GCSE courses.

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