§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the number of five, six and seven-year-old school children currently being educated in classes containing a mixture of pupils from more than one age group. 
§ Mr. Byers
[holding answer 15 June 1998]: Provisional figures for numbers of children in key stage one classes taught by one teacher in maintained primary schools in England in January 1998 show that 345,000 or 21 per cent. of these children were in mixed age classes.