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Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he envisages any reduction of educational provision for children under five years of age, following the abolition of the Inner London education authority.

Education for under-fives is provided at the discretion of local education authorities, but the inner London councils will be required to set out their proposed provision for this age group in development plans to be published early next year. Any proposals for significant reductions in current provision would be subject to statutory procedures under the Education Act 1980.