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Comprehensive Education

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent resolution of Bolton education committee on the implementation of the comprehensive education policy in the area.

Bolton education authority's proposals for the reorganisation of county secondary schools were approved on 11th July. The authority is now and will remain under a duty to implement its reorganisation scheme, as approved, in September 1979. My right hon. Friend has noted the recent resolution, but the detailed timetable leading to implementation, including the appointment of staff, is a matter for local decision.It may of course be a matter of concern to local electors if those decisions seem to endanger the efficient and satisfactory implementation of the law and might adversely affect the education of their children, but it is not yet a matter in which my right hon. Friend can intervene.