asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many local education authorities have as yet not carried out his instructions given in Circular 4/74 to prepare plans for the implementation of fully comprehensive education in their respective areas.
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 31st January to my right hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Mr. Irving)—[Vol. 885, c. 336]. Since then the figure has dropped from 23 to 15.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will make a statement on his discussions with local authorities about the introduction of comprehensive education.
My right hon. Friend told the House on 27th January of his intention to initiate discussions in cases where a local education authority's response to Circular 4/74 was unsatisfactory. The responses received are being carefully studied and no such discussions have yet taken place.