asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science by how much the number of secondary school and primary school places has fallen in each year since 1974; and what are his current targets for reductions in 1985, 1986 and 1987.
Latest targets for the removal of surplus places in primary and secondary schools were published in the public expenditure White Paper, Cmnd. 9428: the target for the period April 1975 to March 1985 was 790,000 places accumulating to over one million places by March 1987. A separate target for March 1986 was not published. The reduction in the numbers of primary and secondary school places in the years for which the information is available are as follows:
|April 1975 to June 1978||47·0||26·8||73·8|
|July 1978 to December 1979||47·3||18·1||139·2|