New Clause 5 — Restrictions on Special School Closures

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 24th May 2006.

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'(1) No special school shall be closed by a local education authority without the consent of the Secretary of State.

(2) The Secretary of State shall only consent to the closure of a special school if there are places at nearby special schools in sufficient number and sufficient quality to replace the school adequately.'. — [Mr. Hayes.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 147, Noes 369.