§ Mr. Fatchett
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many school reorganisation plans have been with his Department awaiting a decision for more than six months; and if he will list them.
§ Mr. Dunn
My right hon. Friend has before him 26 proposals under sections 12 to 15 of the Education Act 1980 which were published over six months ago. These are shown in the table below. The list includes a number of proposals which affect only one school, and some which are held in abeyance for reasons beyond the Department's control.
Current proposals over six months old (as at 1 March 1988) LEA and proposal Date of publication Brent: Establishment of the Islamia Primary School. 25 April 1986 ILEA: Change of status of Yesodey Hatorah Primary from Independent to Voluntary Aided School. 2 January 1987
LEA and proposal Date of publication Suffolk: Closure of Little Bealings Primary School. 19 January 1987 Suffolk: Closure of Charsfield CE Primary School. 19 January 1987 Barnet: Establish Hasmonean Preparatory School as a Voluntary Aided School. 12 February 1987 Berkshire: Change of character of St. Bernards Convent School from single-sex to co-educational. 25 March 1987 Devon: Amalgamation of Colyton Grammar and Axminster Secondary Schools. 3 April 1987 Hertfordshire: Amalgamation of Bishop Hatfield Secondary School and Hatfield School. 3 April 1987 Hertfordshire: Amalgamation of Marshalwick and Wheathampstead Secondary Schools. 3 April 1987 Hertfordshire: Amalgamation of Margaret Dane and Hadham Hall Secondary Schools. 10 April 1987 Staffordshire: Reorganisation of Secondary Schools in Burntwood. 30 April 1987 Shropshire: Closure of Ightfield CE Primary School. 20 May 1987 Shropshire: Closure of Acton Burnell CE Primary School 20 May 1987 Lancashire: Closure of Preston Talbot RC Primary School. 8 June 1987 Oxfordshire: Amalgamation of St. Blaise CE Primary and Milton Heights Primary Schools. 11 June 1987 Kent: Closure of Highfield Secondary and amalgamation of Warren Woods Boys and Girls Schools. 12 June 1987 Merton: Reorganisation of County, Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools. 12 June 1987 Hampshire: Closure of Weyhill CE Primary School. 19 June 1987 Dorset: Enlargement of St. Mary's RC Combined School. 3 July 1987 Lancashire: Establishment of a new sixth form centre and change of age-range of Blackpool Collegiate and Blackpool Greenlands High Schools. 17 July 1987 Hampshire: Amalgamation of Hill and Richard Taunton Sixth Form Colleges 30 July 1987 Staffordshire: Rationalisation of Primary Education in Stoke-on-Trent 30 July 1987 Staffordshire: Rationalisation of Secondary Schools in Stoke-on-Trent 30 July 1987 Somerset: Closure of Chilcompton Infants, Chilcompton Juniors and Stratton-on-the-Fosse CE Primary Schools and establishment of a new CE Primary School. 7 August 1987 Wiltshire: Amalgamation of Westmead Infant and Junior Schools. 7 August 1987 Hampshire: Change age-range of Purbrook Park County Secondary School. 24 August 1987