HC Deb 06 March 1996 vol 273 c276W
Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the impact of the teachers' pay award on class sizes; and if he will make a statement. [18449]

Mr. Richards

Class sizes will depend upon decisions taken by local education authorities about the allocation of funding, the decisions taken by schools about the deployment of resources and by parents choosing the school they wish their child to attend. If local authorities decide to give priority to schools, we see no reason why class sizes should rise on average.