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Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many computers are provided per 100 pupils in each local education authority in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools; and how many staff trained to teach computing there are in each local education authority.

The 1985 survey of microcomputers in English schools, a copy of which is in the Library, found that there were on average 0·9 microcomputers per 100 pupils in primary schools and 1·7 per 100 pupils in secondary schools. Since then LEAs have purchased many more microcomputers for their schools both from their own resources and from funds available under the DTI IT Equipment for Schools offer. About 60 per cent. of teachers have received some training in the use of microcomputers in schools. No figures are available for individual local education authorities.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;

Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1984. The new arrangements will operate initially for a trial period of two years.