‘In section 31 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (c. 31) (proposals in respect of community or foundation special school), for subsection (4) substitute—
“(4A)Before publishing any proposals under this section to make any prescribed alteration to a school, or to discontinue a school, the relevant body shall consult—
(a)the registered parents of registered pupils at the school,
(b)any local education authority which maintain a statement under section 324 of the Education Act 1996 (statement of special educational needs) in respect of a registered pupil at the school, and
(c)such other persons as appear to the relevant body to be appropriate.
(4B)Before publishing any proposals under this section to establish a new school, the relevant body shall consult such persons as appear to them to be appropriate.
(4C)In discharging their duty under subsection (4A) or (4B) the relevant body shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.”.’.—[Mr. Stephen Twigg.]