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Village Schools

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his policy regarding the retention of village schools; and whether he is in favour of the retention of one-teacher schools rather than their closure.

Responsibility for making proposals about the closure of schools—including those with only one teacher—rests with local education authorities. Such proposals are made to my right hon. and learned Friend under section 13 of the Education Act 1944, who considers them on their merits and takes all relevant factors into account in reaching a decision.