§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will review his policy of reducing Government expenditure on education in the light of representations he has received regarding the possible closure of rural schools, in Teesdale in particular.
§ Dr. Boyson
No. Proposals to close rural schools can be traced to falling pupil rolls and the desirability on educational as well as economic grounds to make efficient use of staffing and other resources.