§ Mr. Burns
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer of 19 April 1999,Official Report, column 444, when he expects to reach a decision on the appeal made by Rainsford School, Chelmsford, against the direction by Essex County Council to admit a pupil, whose name has been supplied to his Department. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
We asked Essex Local Education Authority to provide further details on this pupil and their handling of the direction process, along with full information about alternative local schools, by Monday 15 March. Unfortunately, not all the information was received by this deadline. The LEA has provided the Department with some additional material, but the LEA has been contacted by my officials to obtain the remaining essential facts about the case, before my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State can make a decision. This he hopes to do very soon after this remaining information is received.