asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will reconsider the criteria for closure of secondary schools in rural areas with a view to varying the guidelines on minimum size.
The advice in the draft circular "Providing for Quality" on the desirable minimum sizes of different types of school is not intended to be interpreted as narrowly prescriptive. It makes it clear that, for geographical and other reasons, it might not always be possible to bring all schools up to the recommended sizes. My right hon. Friend is currently considering the draft circular in the light of various comments made on it.