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London Pupils (Expenditure)

Volume 984: debated on Monday 12 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the expenditure per head of pupils in schools, for each of the last three years, in the London borough of Brent and the Inner London Education Authority.

The figures are as follows:payment of interest can be authorised in the light of the long delay.

Because of the late date at which the 1979 teachers' salary settlement was reached, my Department had no option initially but to calculate the pensions of teachers who retired between April and August on the 1978 salary scales.Immediately benefits for teachers who retired on 31 August had been dealt with staff were available to begin the work on some 6,000 revisions. The work started in September and has been proceeding as quickly as possible, but priority had to be given to first-time benefits payable to teachers who retired on 31 December. The staff dealing with these revisions have been augmented to the extent permitted by the resources available and it is expected that the last of the revisions will be dealt with during the next two weeks.Every effort has been made to deal with these revisions as quickly as possible. There is no provision in the teachers' superannuation regulations under which payment of interest may be authorised in these circumstances.