HC Deb 24 April 1969 vol 782 cc636-7
14. Mr. van Straubenzee

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will make a statement on his recent discussions with Reading County Borough Council on secondary reorganisation in the borough.

Mr. Edward Short

I have nothing to add to what I told the hon. Member on 30th January. I assume that the authority's working party is still considering the issues involved.—[Vol. 776, c. 1510–11.]

Mr. van Straubenzee

Meanwhile, to assist us, would I be correct in understanding from previous Answers today that, as the law stands, the right hon. Gentleman has no power to enforce upon Reading Borough Council a secondary reorganisàtion plan of which it disapproves?

Mr. Short

I do not quite know the purpose of that question. As I understand it, the Reading Borough Council has a working party studying this at the moment. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will help it and not hinder it.