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Comprehensive Education

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many local education authorities which had submitted plans for comprehensive education have withdrawn them since the passing of the recent Education Act 1979.

Thirty of the local education authorities which made proposals under the 1976 Act for the comprehensive reorganisation of their remaining unreorganised schools, decided not to proceed. Two of the authorities have subsequently published separate reorganisation proposals.


asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of secondary schoolchildren in England and Wales are now in comprehensive schools; and how many proposals from local education authorities for reorganisation of secondary schools on comprehensive lines are now before him awaiting his decision.

In January 1979, 85ยท9 per cent. of pupils in maintained secondary schools in England were attending comprehensive schools. Information relating to Wales is for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales. Twelve proposals, which would result in 45 new comprehensive schools, have been submitted to my right hon. and learned Friend.