§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many special schools were approved for closure in each year since 1992. 
§ Jacqui Smith
This information is not held centrally. While the date on which a school actually closes is a matter of public record, the date on which approval to close it was given is much less easy to identify and it has not been possible to obtain consistent information, despite every effort having been made to do so over the past few weeks.