§ Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many children of diplomatic staff were both educated and boarded at independent schools whilst being financed by the diplomatic wing of his Department in each year since 1978–79; what was the total and unit spending per pupil on this facility; and what information he has as to which independent schools currently educate and board over 20 pupils via the facility.
§ Mr. Eggar
I refer the hon. Member to the statistics in the replies that I gave to him on 28 October 1985 and 12 November 1985 at columns86 and 144.
As at March 1986, there were 1,111 children both educated and boarded at independent schools, whilst being financed by the diplomatic wing of the Foreign and 253W Commonwealth Office. The total spending from March 1985 to March 1986 was £5,641,900.98 (including tax); the unit spending per pupil differed according to the category of school with the maximum being £1,553.08 per term for boys at senior schools. At present three independent schools currently educate and board over 20 pupils. They are:
Windlesham (39 pupils) Bedales (29 pupils) Ashford (22 pupils)