§ Mr. Cormack
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will review the procedures followed when a school closure is proposed so as to ensure that statutory objectors are able to see details of the case for closure advanced by the local education authority concerned.
§ Sir Keith Joseph
Circular 2/80 which issued on 14 July 1980 gave advice on the procedures for school closures. Paragraph 5 already makes it clear that the governors, parents and staff concerned should be consulted in the 12 months preceding publication of proposals to cease to maintain a school.