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Primary Schools

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to respond to the Third Report on the Select Committee on Education, Science and Arts on achievement in primary schools, Session 1985–86, H.C. 40-I.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend to my hon. Friend the Member for Salisbury (Mr. Key) on 16 December at column 517.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is (a) the number of primary schools in England and Wales, and (b) the number of children of primary school age in England and Wales.

The number of maintained primary schools in England in January 1987 was 19,432 and the number of children of primary school age was 3,389,261.The corresponding figures for Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the average number of computers in primary schools in England and Wales.

There are, on average, two microcomputers in each primary school in England and Wales.