§ Mr. Nicholas Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information his Department has as to the average length of the school day in(a) maintained schools and (b) independent schools in 1957, 1967, 1977 and 1987.
§ Mr. Dunn
No information is available centrally for independent schools, for maintained secondary schools, or for past years. The Department's March 1987 primary school staffing survey recorded an average of 23 hours per week of lesson time (excluding registration, assemblies and break time) in maintained nursery and primary schools in England.