§ 18. Sir K. Thompson
asked the Minister of Education (1) if he will require the Liverpool Education Authority to publish notices of intent under Section 13 of the Education Act before introducing changes into the status and functions of the city's grammar schools;
(2) if he will appoint a committee of inquiry into the proposals of the Liverpool Education Authority to reorganise secondary education in the city in a way that will result in the destruction of many grammar schools.
§ Sir E. Boyle
Until the Liverpool Authority has officially notified me of its detailed proposals for the reorganisation of secondary education, I cannot say whether any proposed changes in the position of individual schools would require the issue of notices under Section 13 of the Education Act, 1944. In my view the procedure laid down in this Section for testing proposals for individual schools is likely to provide an adequate opportunity for objections to be heard, and I do not therefore propose to take the unprecedented step of setting up a public inquiry.