asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many local education authorities have not yet submitted to him plans for the reorganisation authorities have submitted responses action he intends to take.
Seven local education authorities have submitted responses to Circular 4/74 which do not represent a commitment to end selection for secondary education throughout their areas. Discussions with these authorities are now taking place. If the authorities do not change their position my right hon. Friend will consider the introduction of legislation.
A further 14 authorities have not yet submitted complete responses to the circular. We are aware that in many cases local consultations are in hand with respect to the reorganisation of the unreorganised areas and schools within these authorities, including the voluntary schools. My Department's officers are in close contact with these authorities.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether the metropolitan borough of Wirral has submitted to him plans for the reorganisation of secondary education; when he expects to be able to reply; whether he has received any indication that the borough intends to seek to change the plans; and if he will make a statement.
A scheme for the reorganisation of secondary schools in the Bebington and Deeside areas was submitted by the borough on 7th February and is being considered. I have received no subsequent communication from the authority.