§ Mr. Nott
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what birthrate statistics are used by his Department to decide priorities for the school-building programme as between different education authorities and as to areas within such education authorities; and on what average number of live births, expressed as a percentage of the existing population, over the preceding eight years in 163W England and Wales, Cornwall, Penzance/St. Ives/Cape Cornwall, Helston, Camborne/Redruth, St. Austell, Liskeard and Bodmin areas he based his programme for these respective areas;
(2) what was the average percentage growth in live births in the past eight years over the average number of schoolchildren in schools during the preceding eight years in England and Wales, Cornwall, Penzance/St. Ives/Cape Cornwall, Helston, Camborne/Redruth, St. Austell, Liskeard and Bodmin areas, on which he based his school-building programme for those areas.
§ Miss Bacon
While the total value of annual school building programmes is related to national projections of school population derived substantially from birth statistics, allocations to individual authorities are based on the need for
Academic Year 1964–65 1967–68 1968–69 Qualified teachers in primary schools, including the full-time equivalent of part-timers (in October) 1,769 1,767 1,819 Ratio of pupils in primary schools to teachers, including full-time equivalent of part-timers (in January) 27.7 27.9 n.a.