§ Mr. Cockeram
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she is aware that Cheshire County Council now proposes to close the Merchant Navy School HMS "Conway"; and if she is satisfied that there is adequate alternative provision for the training of Merchant Navy Cadets in the North West.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
My right hon. Friend has received from the Cheshire LEA a statutory proposal under Section 13 of the 1944 Education Act, as amended, to cease to maintain this school; the authority will give public notice of its intentions. The proposal will be considered in the light of any objections which may be received; it would be inappropriate for me to comment at this stage on any effects which it might have.