School Closures

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th April 1987.

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Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford 12:00 am, 28th April 1987

My right hon. Friend considers all proposals for the closure of schools on their merits, but he would expect local authorities and voluntary bodies, in formulating their proposals, to take account of the general principle set out in the White Paper "Better Schools" concerning the size of thresholds at which schools of different types can economically deliver a satisfactory curriculum. They must also take account of the wider considerations, including the distances to be travelled to alternative schools in the event of closure and of the age of the children making those journeys.