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Primary Schools

Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions have taken place about the proposed rationalisation of the primary school sector within the Southern education and library board;(2) what consultations have been held with the school principals within the primary school sector in the controlled section about the proposals for rationalisation in the Southern education and library board.

The proposed rationalisation of schools is a matter in the first instance for either the education and library board in the case of controlled schools or the school authority in the case of voluntary schools. I am not aware of any discussions within the Southern board or between the board and primary school principals on proposed rationalisation, but I understand that the board has established a sub-committee to examine current school places.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received about the proposed rationalisation of the primary school sector within the Southern education and library board.