HC Deb 08 May 1998 vol 311 c525W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many Ofsted inspections took place in schools in England and Wales during 1997. [40928]

Mr. Byers

During 1997, 7,492 schools in England were inspected in accordance with section 10 of the School Inspections Act 1996. In addition, 165 schools were inspected as part of the pilot reviews of local education authorities, aspects of education were inspected in 2,419 schools (including 484 independent schools), and HM Inspectors conducted around 750 inspections of schools which required special measures. The Chief Inspector for Wales is responsible for the inspection of schools in Wales.