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Primary Education: Bedfordshire

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on proposed primary school closures in Mid-Bedfordshire constituency. (302917)

None. School place planning is the statutory responsibility of individual local authorities. This includes making sure there are sufficient school places, and also removing surplus places when required. To facilitate this local authorities have the power to propose the closure of maintained schools.

Where local authorities propose to make any changes to local school provision, including closures, they must follow a statutory process, which is then decided under established local decision making arrangements. Ministers have no direct role in the process.