§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many Section 13 notices, for England and Wales, seeking to implement secondary school reorganisation, and affecting how many schools, the Department of Education and Science has received since February 1974; and approximately how many signatures of objection she has received to these notices.
§ Mass Margaret Jackson
Since 1st March 1974, my right hon. Friend and her predecessors have approved 415 sets of proposals which will result in the establishment of 850 new comprehensive schools in England. In the same period 14 sets of proposals have been rejected, affecting 29 schools. A further 37 sets of proposals affecting 65 schools are 137W under consideration. A number of proposals have been withdrawn by the promoters but records are not kept of these.
Matters for Wales are for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.
I regret that the information required by the second part of the Question is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.