§ 33. Sir Russell Johnston
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will set out the criteria used by his 428W Department for deciding whether to accept the recommendation by a regional education authority that a primary school be closed.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
There are no set criteria and each case is considered on its merits. All relevant factors are, however, taken into account, including educational and financial aspects of closure, arrangements for religious instruction, community use of the school and, when submitted, local views.