§ Mr. Callaghan
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what has been the average pupil:teacher ratio for each year since 1992; and if she will make a statement on the average pupil:teacher ratio forecast for the year 1996. 
§ Mr. Robin Squire
The available information is shown in the following table. Information on the 1996 overall pupil:teacher ratio will be available in April 1996.
Overall pupil:teacher ratio1 in schools2 in England 1992–95 position in January each year Year Including sixth form colleges Excluding sixth form colleges 1992 17.4 — 1993 17.7 17.8 1994 — 18.1 1995 — 18.3 1Including the full-time equivalent of part-time teachers and counting part-time pupils as 0.5 FTEs. 2Maintained nursery,primary and secondary schools.