HC Deb 22 May 1979 vol 967 cc73-4W
36. Mr. Woolmer

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals he received from Kirklees metropolitan council in spring 1979 for reorganising schools in the Batley area as comprehensives; whether the second proposal submitted, for 11 to 18-year-old schools within the town of Batley, was the council's preferred scheme; and what procedures he proposes to adopt to ensure that the preferred scheme is implemented quickly to end uncertainty for all those concerned.

Dr. Boyson

Two proposals were received by my right hon. and learned Friend's predecessor: one envisaged 11–16 comprehensive schools with sixth-form provision in a sixth-form college; the other, which the council indicated that it preferred, was for 11–18 comprehensive schools. Kirklees will now be asked whether or not it wishes to proceed with either scheme, following my right hon. and learned Friend's statement in the House on 16 May that he was withdrawing all requirements made by his predecessor under section 2 of the Education Act 1976 pending its repeal.

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