§ 53. Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will state the number of direct-grant schools at present negotiating with local education authorities to implement schemes of comprehensive education; how many schemes have so far been sent to him for approval; and how many he has accepted.
§ Mr. Crosland
It is impossible to give precise figures as the situation is constantly changing and some of the discussions are at a preliminary stage. But I have evidence that negotiations are taking place between the majority of direct-grant schools and the local education authorities concerned. Proposals arising out of these negotiations do not normally require my approval.