§ 19. Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many local education authorities are still refusing to comply with the principles of comprehensive education; how many have indicated their intentions of reverting to 11-plus selection since the beginning of May: and what action he proposes to take.
§ Mr. Mulley
One local education authority has no comprehensive schools and has submitted proposals for none. A further six have not committed themselves to the completion of comprehensive reorganisation. In addition one authority, which obtained approval to 647W reorganisation proposals for implementation this September, has announced its intention not to implement those proposals.
The Education Bill now before the House will, if enacted, enable me to require progress towards a fully comprehensive system of secondary education in any area where, in my view, progress or further progress is required.