§ Mr. Oppenheim
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the latest figure for the cost of surplus school places for(a) primary and (b) secondary schools.
§ Mr. Forth
The average premises-related cost of maintaining a school place is estimated to be £150 a year for a primary school and £250 a year for a secondary school at 1991–92 prices. The amount that can be saved by removing surplus places will, however, vary considerably according to the particular circumstances.