§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many independent boarding schools have been closed down in the course of the last two years on grounds of inefficiency consequent on official inspection; how many remained open following inspection; and how many have yet to be inspected.
§ Mr. Edward Short
In the exercise aimed at raising standards in independent boarding schools in England and Wales which are not yet recognised as efficient, 93 schools have so far been inspected with a view to advice about measures needed to reach recognition standard and 134 have yet to be inspected.
Of the 93 inspected, 12 have been recognised as efficient, 49 have been advised on measures needed to reach recognition standard, three have closed on their own initiative and one has ceased to take boarders. The remainder await the result of their inspection.133W