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City Technology Colleges

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education what rules cover the personal responsibility of governors of city technology colleges; whether members are required to declare interests; what statutory provision is made for public access to information about a college or its governors' proceedings; what charter provisions apply to their activities; and whether they are subject to performance indicators.

Governors of city technology colleges hold office under schemes of government—approved under the funding agreements for the colleges. Governors must declare an interest in respect of any contract in which they have an interest and may not vote on the matter. Like maintained schools, CTCs publish prospectuses and annual reports to parents and, as companies, their annual accounts are open to public inspection. In general, the provisions of the parents charter apply to the parents of pupils at CTCs, but CTCs are independent schools and the funding agreements for the colleges predate the charter. These funding agreements provide for the supply of information on performance indicators.