§ Mr. Fallon
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to the answer of the hon. Member for Darlington on 4 February, Official Report, column 113, how many parents appealed against their local authority's allocation of school places in each year since 1980.
§ Mr. Dunn
The appeal arrangements of the Education Act 1980 applied for the first time to school admissions for416W September 1982. From informal inquiries made of local education authorities at the time, I understand that in 1982, 1983 and 1985 there were about 9,000, 10,000 and 9,000 appeals respectively. No such inquiries were made in 1984.