HC Deb 27 July 1967 vol 751 cc957-8
21. Mr. Hunt

asked the Secretary for Education and Science when he expects to be able to give a decision on the scheme for the reorganisation of secondary education submitted to him by the London Borough of Bromley.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

There have been informal consultations between officials of the authority and of the Department but my right hon. Friend has not yet received any formal proposals from the authority calling for his decision.

Mr. Hunt

I understood that these proposals had been submitted four months ago. I should like the hon. Lady to reconsider that Answer. In any case, will she please realise that the continuing delay in this matter is causing a great deal of local concern and difficulty and, in particular, is frustrating the development of one urgently needed educational project within my constituency, details of which I shall send her later today?

Mrs. Williams

Perhaps I could clarify the position by giving a few more details. The scheme was approved in principle in June, 1966, by the local education autho- rity, but the detailed scheme, which has been discussed informally between the chief education officer and the Department, has not yet been submitted to the education committee. We hope that that will be possible this autumn, whereupon a formal decision can be made about the authority's scheme.

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