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Lindsay School

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future of the Lindsay School at the Forster Green Hospital in Belfast. (81812)

The South Eastern Education and Library Board has commented that the board’s education committee at a meeting on 13 June 2006, agreed to commence consultation on the possible closure of the Lindsay School. Such a closure will not take place until an alternative appropriate model of educational provision is in place.

Any proposal to close the school will require the board to publish a development proposal, which initiates a two-month public consultation period during which comments, including objections, may be submitted to the Department of Education. The Department will give full consideration to all representations made during this two-month period, before making a decision on any such proposal.