Byers issued the following statement:
'In our meeting, it was made clear that our pledge to cut class
sizes will be met and it will be achieved by targeting extra
popular with parents.
'Under the School Standards and Framework Bill, local
authorities will be under a legal duty to bring forward plans to cut
the size of infant classes.
'These plans will need to demonstrate that parental choice is
being extended through the use of extra teachers and the provision
of extra teaching space when necessary.
'Any plans that reduce parental choice will be rejected.'
1. Already£22m has been allocated for an additional 1,500
teachers and£40m for 600 extra classrooms to come on stream
from this September. 65 LEAs have already agreed plans to reduce
2. There will be more money available from the phasing out of the
assisted places scheme so that an extra£100m will go towards
reducing class sizes by 2001.