§ 36. Mr. Les Huckfield
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what regulations or other provisions govern consultations between education authorities, churches, parents and teachers prior to his assent for church school closures.
§ Dr. Boyson
Circular 2/80 advises local education authorities that my right hon. Friend expects that appropriate consultations will have taken place with parents, the teaching and other staff and governors of the school concerned, and the teacher associations, before statutory proposals are published. Thereafter section 12(3) of the Education Act 1980 provides a two-month period 411W in which local people and the governors of any voluntary school affected by the proposals can submit objections to the local education authority.