§ 25. Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information she has regarding the number of schools which were closed on 22 January.
Mrs. Shirley Wililams
I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave to Questions from the hon. and learned Member for Runcorn (Mr. Carlisle) on 29 January.—[Vol. 961, c.301–2.]
§ 30. Mr. John Hunt
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many schools in the Greater London area were closed as a result of picketing in connection with the one-day stoppage by the National Union of Public Employees on 22 January.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
My Department made inquiries of 52 local education authorities on 22 January to find out how many schools were closed as a result of action by public service workers. Six of the authorities were in the Greater London Council area. In five of these authorities nearly all the schools were 113W closed. In a sixth—ILEA—400 schools closed—about one-third of the schools in that area.