To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science by which date applications must be received from Inner London councils wishing to opt out of the Inner London education authority under the provisions in the Education Reform Bill.
Subject to Parliament's approval of the provisions in the Bill, councils wishing to opt out will have to submit applications by such a date as my right hon. Friend may direct. He has decided that applications from councils wishing to assume education responsibilities from 1 April 1990 should be submitted by not later than 31 December 1988. This deadline has been advanced from that proposed in the consultation paper, "The Organisation of Education in Inner London," in response to representations that it was desirable to provide as much time as possible for councils to prepare to become local education authorities, following Parliament's approval of any orders to that effect.