'If we tried to increase it still further it would have an impact on the economy. But, yes, we will be able to very rapidly increase the availability, for example, of high quality early years education. We will very rapidly be able to raise the stocks of books and equipment in our schools and provide more support for children with special education needs.
'Those are some of the things you can do quickly. Other things will take longer'.
Mr Foster said capital works for the repair and building of schools, including nursery schools, would take a longer time.
'It means finding ways of bringing the grant maintained schools back into the family of local education authority schools'.
Although he could not promise extra pay for teachers, the party would rehabilitate them as professionals with their own professional bodies.