HC Deb 13 June 1988 vol 135 c9W
Mr. Gordon Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give the number of(a) village schools closed since 1979 and (b) the capital spending on local authority schools falling within metropolitan areas, in each year since 1979 at constant prices.

Mr. Dunn

[holding answer 10 June 1988]: In the period from 1979 to 1987, 590 primary and 27 secondary schools in rural areas were approved for closure as a result of proposals published by local education authorities under section 12 of the Education Act 1980 which were either approved by my right hon. Friend or his predecessors or determined by the local education authorities. Local education authorities have a statutory duty to implement all such proposals which have been approved or determined.

The gross capital expenditure on schools by metropolitan district councils (excluding Greater London) in England is as follows:

Year Expenditure at 1986–87
Prices (£000s)
11986–87 82,350
1985–86 96,242
1984–85 97,639
1983–84 99,278
1982–83 107,628
1981–82 86,268
1980–81 129,475
1979–80 124,297