§ Mr. Chaytor
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proposals he has to review(a) the Further Education Funding Council's funding methodology and (b) its policy of funding convergence. 
§ Dr. Howells
The report of a working group of the Further Education Funding Council on the funding methodology is due to be published shortly. The Council's announcement last month on funding convergence policy followed consultation with colleges earlier in the year.18W
§ Mr. Byers
The information requested is shown in the following table.
Numbers of pupils in one teacher classes of 30 or more in
maintained primary schools in Gloucestershire Local Education
Authority Area: 1988–1997
Position as at January Number 1997 (provisional estimates) 19,630 1996 17,936 1995 15,975 1994 14,693 1993 13,172 1992 12,483 1991 12,054 1990 13,588 1989 13,468 1988 15,298
§ Mr. McNulty
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what are the average and maximum numbers of children in primary school classes in (i) Harrow, East and (ii) Harrow, West; and how many are educated in class sizes of over 30 pupils. 
§ Mr. Byers
The available information is shown in the following table.
The information in Table 2 puts into context the information on maximum class sizes in Table 1.
Table 1: Average and maximum class size and number of pupils in
classes of 31 or more pupils for classes taught by one teacher in
maintained primary schools in the Harrow Parliamentary
Constituencies in January 1997 (Provisional Estimates)
Average class size Maximum size class Pupils in classes of 31 or more Harrow West 27.6 35 1,818 Harrow East 27.4 35 1,845