State Schools, West Norfolk

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th January 1992.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham , North West Norfolk 12:00 am, 28th January 1992

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received in connection with state schools in west Norfolk.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Education and Science)

We have received representations about capital funding for several schools in west Norfolk. Earlier this month, I saw a deputation that opposed Norfolk education authority's proposals to close Bradenham voluntary controlled primary school, led by my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk, South-West (Mrs. Shephard).

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham , North West Norfolk

Will my hon. Friend the Minister pay tribute to the professionalism of Norfolk teachers and in particular to those who work in small, rural primary schools? He will he aware of the important role that such schools play in local communities. Will my hon. Friend confirm that, unlike the Labour group on Norfolk county council, he believes in small primary schools? Will he confirm that, provided they can deliver the national curriculum, they will continue to have an important role in modern education?

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Education and Science)

Yes. I am happy to pay tribute to those teachers and to the well-run Norfolk education authority. It was one of the first to introduce local schools management, which paved the way for a series of applications for full grant-maintained status.