§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the proportion of school places in each English county which his Department has identified as surplus in the year 1996–97 in(a) primary and (b) secondary schools and the proportion of surplus places in each county in the financial year 1996–97 in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools. 
§ Mr. Byers
Surplus place figures are collected annually and provide a snapshot of the position as at January of that year. For the position as at January 1997 I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Selby (Mr. Grogan) on 26 February 1998,Official Report, column 364.