§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many pupils entered the first form in maintained secondary schools in (a) England and Wales and (b) Leicestershire in September 1986, September 1983 and September 1979.
§ Mr. Dunn
Information on the number of pupils entering maintained secondary schools in England is not collected on a regular basis. The nearest approximation is the numbers of pupils aged 11 or under in secondary schools; these are given for Leicestershire and England for January 1980, 1984 and 1986.
Figures for Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.
Pupils aged 111 or under in maintained secondary schools2 January 1980 January 1984 January 19863 Leicestershire 14,157 11,148 9,208 England 542,227 485,721 430,831 1 Age as at the preceding August. 2 Middle deemed secondary schools are excluded. 3 January 1986 figures are provisional.