§ Mr. Bidwell
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has had notice of the suspension of the Southall comprehensive schools scheme due to start this year, which is causing anxiety to parents; and if he will ask the London Borough of Ealing to reconsider their decision to suspend the scheme.
§ Mr. Edward Short
The London Borough of Ealing informed me on 6th June that they had decided not to proceed with proposals, of which public notice had been given on 2nd May, 1968, under Section 13 of the Education Act, 1944 (as amended), to change the character of three secondary schools in Southall by making them comprehensive in September next. No final decision could have been taken by me on the proposals now withdrawn until after the period for objections had expired on 2nd July, 1968. I understand that the Authority propose to review the position before submitting revised proposals.