HC Deb 19 April 1994 vol 241 cc430-1W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is his latest estimate of the average cost per surplus pupil place in respect of(a) a secondary pupil and (b) a primary pupil.

Mr. Forth

The average premises-related cost of maintaining a school place is estimated at £179 a year for a primary school place and £298 a year for a secondary school place at 1994–95 prices. The actual cost and the scope for realising savings from removal of surplus places in practice will depend on local circumstances.