§ Mr. Dafis
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what assessment he has as to the number of surplus school places; and if he will make a statement;
(2) if he will publish for each education authority in Wales and for Wales as a whole, his Department's assessment of surplus school places in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools for the latest available year.
§ Sir Wyn Roberts
The Department's estimate of the number of surplus school places as at January 1993 is as follows:
Local education authority Primary Secondary Clwyd 7,676 2,110 Dyfed 8,827 1,147 Gwent 7,453 9,133 Gwynedd 4,435 4,355 Mid Glamorgan 13,027 5,952 Powys 3,173 1,581 South Glamorgan 8,491 6,363 West Glamorgan 11,318 6,321 WALES 64,400 36,962
Local authorities will recognise that removal of unwanted surplus school places would release significant resources for redeployment in other areas of the education service.