§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is her latest estimate of the cost of a surplus primary and secondary school place.
§ Mr. Robin Squire
The average premises-related cost of maintaining a surplus place is estimated to be £182 a year for a primary school and £303 a year for a secondary school at 1995–96 prices. The actual cost and the scope for realising savings from removal of surplus places in practice will depend on local circumstances.