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School Closures (Powys)

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many schools have closed in Powys since May 1979; and if he will list each of the schools.

In the period May 1979 to 22 May 1985, 19 schools have closed in Powys. Of these, ten schools were involved in amalgamations resulting in the opening of new schools. The schools, dates of closure and, where appropriate, the new schools opened, are as listed760/160/EEC on bathing beaches; if any application for such funds has been made by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

There are no specific funds available to our Department from the EEC to assist in compliance with Directive 760/160/EEC. However, the European regional development fund (ERDF) has assisted schemes for the improvement of coastal sewerage systems and the provision of adequate sea outfalls. The Welsh water authority has already received ERDF aid for a sea outfall at Tenby and discussions are presently taking place between my Department and the authority on a programme for the improvement of bathing waters around Wales, for which ERDF assistance will be sought.