HC Deb 24 July 1979 vol 971 c187W
Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many schools which have been the subject of section 13(4) notices since 1972 have remained open.

Dr. Boyson

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to approval given to local education authorities' proposals to cease to maintain schools. I regret that the information is not available. Although authorities were not under a duty to implement such approved proposals before the enactment of the Education Act 1976, the presumption is that they did so. Since 1976 authorities have been under a duty to cease to maintain schools in accordance with approved proposals.