§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children were being taught in England and Wales in 1978–79 and 1988–89.
§ Mr. Butcher
Information for the academic year 1988–89 is not yet available. The total number of pupils on roll in all maintained and non-maintained schools in England in January 1979 and January 1988 were 9.094 million and 7.610 million respectively. Information for Wales is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.