§ Mr. Nicholas Bennett
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the estimated number of surplus places in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each Welsh county at the latest available date; and what is the estimated cost of these places in each Welsh county.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
Up-to-date figures for the number of surplus places in individual counties are not available: the Department will be writing shortly to the counties to seek current information. The latest available estimate for Wales as a whole—based on pupil numbers at January 1986 and school places at January 1984—is that there are 87,000 surplus places in primary schools and 32,000 in secondary schools. The estimated cost is £10.4 million for primary places and £6.4 million for secondary.