HC Deb 18 June 1997 vol 296 c192W
Mr. Bob Russell

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the total additional expenditure needed to reduce class sizes to 30 or under for(a) all five, six and seven-year-olds and (b) all eight, nine and 10-year-olds in the Colchester parliamentary constituency. [4177]

Mr. Byers

Our pledge is to phase out classes of over 30 for all five, six and seven year olds during the lifetime of this Parliament. We will be discussing with local education authorities and others the implementation of our policy following the publication of a White Paper this summer.