asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a list showing, for each recent year, and for each set of proposals for the closure or amalgamation of schools that he has refused (a) the name of the local education authority, (b) the age range of children concerned, (c) the date that the authority first considered the closure of any school identified for closure in the set of proposals, (d) the dates of public consultation on the proposals, (e) the date of receipt of the proposals by his Department, (f) the approximate number of children in the schools identified
|LEA||Proposal||Date statutory proposal published||Date rejected|
|Wakefield||Closure of Tithe Barn First School and change in the age range of ten other schools||20 October 1983||14 January 1985|
|Liverpool||Closure of Blue Coat Secondary School||22 October 1984||12 March 1985|
|Lancashire||Amalgation of Castle Secondary School and Greaves Secondary School||25 April 1984||20 February 1985|
|Staffordshire||Closure of Weston Road High School||28 September 1984||4 April 1985|
|Merton||Amalgamation of Eastfields High School, Willows High School and Rowan High School||5 July 1984||15 April 1985|
|ILEA||Amalgamation of St. Edmunds Secondary School and St. Thomas More Secondary School||23 November 1984||12 August 1985|
|Nottinghamshire||Closure of Merrivale Nursery School||12 September 1984||3 April 1985|
|Barnsley||Amalgamation of St. Matthews Infant School and Kier Street Junior School||2 November 1984||13 May 1985|
|Wolverhampton||Reorganisation of Secondary Schools: Closure of four schools including one grammar school and change age range of 10 schools to 11–16 from 11ߝ18 as well as establish two Tertiary Colleges||9 January 1985||25 November 1985|
|ILEA||Amalgamation of Cardinal Manning Secondary School and Sion Manning Secondary School||23 November 1984||12 August 1985|
|Newcastle-upon-Tyne||Closure of St. Mary's RC Primary School||13 January 1986||23 June 1986|
|Coventry||Closure of Stivichall Junior School||21 June 1985||16 April 1986|
|Kirklees||Amalgamation of Heckmondwike Grammar, Heckmondwike Secondary and Liversedge Secondary Schools||6 June 1985||9 May 1986|
|Gloucestershire||Reorganisation of secondary schools in Gloucester City: closure of eleven schools including five grammar and establishment of six secondary schools||30 November 1984||24 March 1986|
|Avon||Closure of Beechen Cliff Secondary School for Boys||10 September 1984||9 May 1986|
|Bolton||Closure of Fourgates County Primary||23 August 1985||12 June 1986|
|Trafford||Amalgamation of St. Mary's, Cardinal Vaughan and St. Paul's RC Secondary Schools||6 December 1985||17 September 1986|
|Dorset||Amalgamation of Sherborne Lord Digby's and Sherborne Foster's Grammar Schools to form Sherborne Aldhelm's Secondary Modern||16 November 1984||25 March 1986|
|Gloucestershire||Reorganisation of secondary schools in Stroud: Closure of five schools including two grammar schools and establishment of four comprehensive schools||15 November 1984||24 March 1986|
|Devon||Reorganisation of comprehensive schools: closure of 12 and establishment of four secondary schools||19 March 1984||25 February 1986|
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a list showing for each set of proposals for the closure or amalgamation of schools that he is currently considering (a) the name of the local education authority, (b) the age range of children concerned, (c) the date that the authority first considered the closure of any school identified for closure in the set of proposals, (d) the date of public consultation on the proposals, (e) the date of receipt of the proposals by his Department and (f) the approximate number of children in the schools identified for closure; and if he will make a statement.
I shall write to the hon. Member.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what number of sets of proposals for the closure or amalgamation of schools approved by him since the publication of "Better Schools," Cmnd. 9496, have not met the guidance given on minimum for closure, (g) the date of refusal and (h) whether or not a replacement set of proposals has been approved subsequently; and if he will make a statement.
Information is not available on (c), (d), (f) and (h). The following table gives the available information on closure or amalgamation proposals which were rejected by my right hon. Friend or his predecessor in 1985 and 1986.size of schools contained in paragraphs 273 and 275; what number of such approvals there have been for primary schools; and if he will make a statement;(2) what number of sets of proposals for the closure or amalgamation of schools approved by him since the publication of the 1981 circular "Falling Rolls and Surplus Places" have not met the guidance given on minimum size of schools, as repeated in paragraph 273 of "Better Schools" Cmnd. 9469; what number of such approvals there have been for primary schools; and if he will make a statement.
This information can only be provided at disproportionate cost.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information has been received by his Department in recent years regarding schemes for school closures or amalgamation as to (a) the length of time since the local education authority first considered any part of the scheme and (b) the effects and consequences during that time on any school provisionally identified for closure, in particular changes in capital spending and pupil numbers; what studies have been made on any adverse effects which might occur during a lengthy period of uncertainty about the future of a school; what steps he has taken to mitigate any such effects and consequences; and if he will make a statement.
The information at (a) and (b) is not available. It is for local education authorities to consider the timing and consequences of any statutory proposals for closing or amalgamating schools; no studies have been made of these matters. My right hon. Friend has given an undertaking that once proposals have been made he will use his best endeavours to reach a decision within six months of their publication unless there are exceptional circumstances.