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School Management

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 9 December 1987

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30.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the timetable for the implementation of the school management proposals.

We hope to announce our conclusions following the consultation period before the end of the year and to introduce a Bill in the new year. Assuming enactment by October 1988, the first board constitutions would be issued for consultation in March 1989 and the boards would begin to operate at the commencement of the 1989–90 school year.

32.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has now received on his proposed reforms for the management of schools; and if he will make a statement.

33.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many responses he has received to his discussion document on Scottish education; and if he will make a statement.

58.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has how received on the proposals contained in his paper "School Management and the Role of Parents"; and if he will make a statement.

53.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the answer of Friday 20 November on the consultative paper "School Management and the Role of Parents", if he will specify under what headings and categories he has catalogued the responses received to date, with specific reference to those submissions commenting on the ceiling proposals; and if he will make a statement.

Responses have been divided into two categories; those requesting confidentiality and those available for public inspection. Copies of the latter are being placed on open file in the library of St. Andrew's house. I have arranged for further copies to be available in the House Library.

54.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the responses so far to the school management consultation paper.

We have received some 7,600 responses. We are considering these carefully and hope to announce our conclusions shortly.

57.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to complete his consideration of the representations he has received on the consultation paper "School Management and the Role of Parents", and if he will make a statement.