§ Mr. Gwynfor Evans
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many rural schools have been closed in Wales during the past 10 years.
§ Mr. Barry Jones
The information cannot be given in the form requested since there is no satisfactory means of identifying rural schools for statistical purposes. Between January 1967 and September 1977 a total of 164 primary schools in the whole of Wales were closed and there was a net reduction of 91.