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Higher Education Corporations

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to publish a guide to the law for governors of higher education corporations; and if he will list the published guidance already available.

My right hon. Friend has no such plans; nor has he a list of existing guidance published elsewhere. It is for each individual higher education corporation governing body to conduct its own affairs within the framework provided by the relevant provisions in the Education Reform Act and the corporation's articles of government, and taking its own legal advice as necessary.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information his Department records on the number of complaints and the frequency with which directions are issued under section 68 of the Education Act 1944 in respect of higher education corporations.

Complaints in respect of higher education corporations are received, considered and, when a response has been made, placed on departmental files in the normal way.