Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has obtained figures showing that the ratio of pupils to teachers in maintained primary schools has worsened since Labour came to power.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “Earlier this year my questioning revealed a deterioration in secondary school pupil:teacher ratios in Hertfordshire and across the country as a whole. When I confronted the Minister with these figures, he said that primary schools had been the Government?s first priority. But when I asked for the actual figures, they too showed an increase in the pupil: teacher ratio.

    “They show that the pupil:teacher ratio has deteriorated every year but one since Labour came to power. In 2001, for example, there were 23 pupils for every teacher in Hertfordshire which is worse than any year under the previous Conservative Government.

    “Moreover, this is despite the fact that Hertfordshire County Council spends more on education than recommended by the Government.