(1)A local education authority shall—
(a)make such reports and returns to the Secretary of State, and
(b)give to the Secretary of State such information,
as he may require for the purpose of the exercise of his functions under this Act.
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(3)A local education authority shall—
(a)compile such information, and
(b)make such provision for conducting, or assisting the conduct of, research,
as may be required for the purpose of providing the Secretary of State F3. . . , in such form and at such times as may be prescribed, with such information relating to the provision of primary or secondary education in the area of the local education authority as may be prescribed.
(4)The Secretary of State shall exercise his powers under subsection (3) so as to secure, in particular, the provision of information relating to the provision of education for children with special educational needs.
(5)A local education authority shall, at such time or times and in such manner as may be required by regulations, publish such information as may be so required with respect to their policy and arrangements in respect of any matter relating to primary or secondary education.
(6)Nothing in subsection (5) applies in relation to—
(a)nursery schools, or
(b)children who will be under [F4compulsory school age] at the time of their proposed admission.