HC Deb 17 February 1971 vol 811 cc499-500W
Mr. Elysian Morgan

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give an undertaking that no pressure will be brought by his Department upon education authorities in Wales to close small primary schools in rural areas.

Mr. Peter Thomas

The organisation of maintained schools is the responsibility of local education authorities. From time to time general guidance has been given on the reorganisation of primary schools in rural areas. To exert pressure on L.E.A.s in this matter would not be in accord with my statutory responsibilities.