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Consultative Documents (Responses)

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the names of local authorities and representative bodies concerned with education and other institutions from whom he has received representations in response to his consultative documets entitled (a) "Admission of Pupils to Maintained Schools", (b) "Financial Delegation to Schools", (c) "Collective Worship in Schools", (d) "Academic Tenure and Related Matters", (e) "The National Curriculum 5–16", (f) "Maintained Further Education: Financing, Governance and Law", (g) "The Organisation of Education in Inner London", (h) "Regulations on the Keeping and Disclosure of Pupil Records", (i) "Accounting and Auditing in Higher Education" and (j) "Grant Maintained Schools".

We have had some 20,000 responses to the main consultation papers. These include responses from 82 local education authorities and from a very wide range of representative bodies, including all the main teachers' associations, the National Confederation of Parent-Teacher Associations, the National Association of Governors and Managers and Church bodies. We have also received responses from some 400 school governing bodies and in relation to some of the consultation papers from more than this number. To list all these responses in the form requested by the hon. Member could be done only at disproportionate cost. My Department has, however, placed in the Libraries of the House copies of all responses to the consultation papers other than those from individuals.