HC Deb 29 April 2004 vol 420 cc1272-3W
Mr. Wiggin

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary school closures there were in(a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 1997. [167977]

Mr. Miliband

The numbers of primary schools in England that closed during the calendar years 1997 to 2003 are as follows:

Number of primary schools closed
1997 171
1998 174
1999 197
2000 188

Number of primary schools closed
2001 227
2002 223
2003 207

The figures include schools that closed as a result of the amalgamation or merger of two or more schools; schools that have closed but re-opened as voluntary schools with a religious character; and schools that have closed in local education authorities that have moved from a three-tier to a two-tier system.

The National Assembly for Wales is responsible for schools in Wales and can supply this information on request.