HC Deb 26 November 1990 vol 181 c289W
Mr. Straw

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what would be the additional cost to central Government expenditure if the total cost of the teachers' salaries were borne exclusively by central Government.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Estimated spending by LEAs in England on teachers in 1990–91 is some £8 billion. The net additional cost to central Government of transferring the responsibility for that spending would depend on the extent to which there was a reduction in the grant paid to local authorities.