Skip to main content


Volume 21: debated on Monday 5 April 1982

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is (a) the capitation grant to each school in York, (b) the number of teachers or ether staff provided under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 in York, (c) the pupil-teacher ratio in secondary modern, grammar and primary schools in York, (d) the amount spent on school dinners per pupil in York and (e) the provision of mathematics and language teachers in York; and how these figures compare with the national average.

The Department does not collect information about local authorities' capitation grants to their schools. I understand that York does not at present claim grant from the Home Office under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966. LEAs may claim grant only in certain circumstances and meaningful comparisons with a national average are not possible.Information about pupil-teacher ratios and about expenditure on school meals is collected by the Department only for individual local authorities. The figures requested, for North Yorkshire LEA and for England, are as follows:

North Yorkshire LEAEngland
Pupil-teacher ratio (January 1981)
(i) primary (including middle deemed primary and immigrant centres)22·1 to 122·6 to 1
(ii) middle deemed secondary19·5 to 120·2 to 1
(iii) secondary modern17·0 to 117·3 to 1
(iv) grammar15·3 to 116·2 to 1
(v) comprehensive (including VI-form colleges)16·9 to 116·4 to 1
Expenditure per pupil on school meals Financial year 1980–81£51£49
The Department does not collect information about numbers of teachers employed by individual LEAs for particular subjects.