§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the average pupil-teacher ratio of(a) schools providing education under the assisted places scheme and (b) of comparable state schools. 
§ Mrs. Gillan
Separate information for schools participating in the assisted places scheme is not readily available, nor is it possible to identify a set of maintained schools comparable in all relevant aspects with those within the scheme. Pupil-teacher ratios for different types 59W of schools were published in statistical press notice 205/96 on 25 June. A copy of the press notice is available in the Library.