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Local Education Committees

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has as to the number of local education authorities in which schemes have been approved under circular 8/73; what information he has as to which authorities have amended their schemes subsequently; on what dates; and of what these amendments consisted.

All local education authorities in England have arrangements for their education committee which have been approved by my right hon. Friend or his predecessors, as they have been required by law to do since 1944.It is not possible to provide the further detail requested except at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many proposed schemes regarding the composition of local education committees under circular 8/73 he has rejected or amended; on what date; and for what reasons.

My right hon. Friend has no power to amend proposals as to the composition of education committees. Since September 1981 he has approved all such proposals which have been put formally to him, with the exception of three which have been recently received and on which no decision has yet been reached.