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Learning And Skills Council

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received about the School Organisation Proposals by the Learning and Skills Council for England Regulations. [110505]

The Department consulted widely for three months last September on the School Organisation Proposals by the Learning and Skills Council for England Regulations together with associated guidance. The response to the consultation was generally supportive of the new regulations. We made available a summary of the responses to the consultation on the Department's website on 12 February 2003.The following is a list of the names and organisations of those who responded to our consultation.

List of respondents to the consultation on the school organisation proposals by the learning and skills council for England

  • Anonymous 1
  • Anonymous 2
  • Archdiocese of Westminster
  • Association of Colleges
  • Association of Greenwich Governors
  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Blackpool Borough Council
  • Boswells College, The
  • Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Bracknell Forest Borough Council
  • Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Buckinghamshire County Council
  • Catholic Diocese of Nottingham
  • Catholic Education Service
  • Cheshire County Council
  • Clarendon School
  • De Montfort University
  • Devon County Council
  • Diocesan Board of Education (Blackburn)
  • Diocesan Board of Education (Durham)
  • Diocesan Board of Education (Leicester)
  • Diocesan Board of Education (Oxford)
  • Diocesan Board of Education (Rochester)
  • Diocesan Board of Education (Southwark)
  • Diocesan Board of Education (Truro)
  • Diocesan Board of Education (Winchester)
  • Diocesan Schools Commission
  • Diocese of Lancaster Education Service
  • Dixon, Christine
  • Dorset LEA
  • Foundation and Aided Schools National Association
  • Hammersmith and Fulham LEA
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Hartlepool LEA
  • Hessle High School
  • John Jamieson School
  • Lancashire LEA
  • Learning and Skills Council
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Local Government Association
  • London Borough of Haringey
  • London Borough of Hounslow
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Medway Council
  • Merton LEA
  • Middlesbrough College
  • National Association of Governors and Managers
  • National Association of Headteachers
  • National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools
  • National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers
  • National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations
  • National Union of Teachers
  • North East Lincolnshire LEA
  • North Yorkshire LEA
  • Northumbria University
  • Nottinghamshire LEA
  • Oxford Governors' Association
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • Rochdale LEA
  • Rotherham MBC
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • School Organisation Committee (Bedfordshire)
  • School Organisation Committee (Bradford)
  • School Organisation Committee (Cambridge)
  • School Organisation Committee (Camden)
  • School Organisation Committee (Dorset)
  • School Organisation Committee (Hampshire)
  • School Organisation Committee (Kent)
  • School Organisation Committee (Leeds)
  • School Organisation Committee (Liverpool)
  • School Organisation Committee (Northumberland)
  • School Organisation Committee (Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead)
  • School Organisation Committee (Sandwell)
  • School Organisation Committee (Stockton-on-Tees)
  • School Organisation Committee (Warrington)
  • School Organisation Committee (West Berkshire)
  • School Organisation Committee (Wigan)
  • Scope
  • Secondary Heads Association
  • Slough Borough Council
  • South Gloucestershire LEA
  • Southampton LEA
  • St Bernard's Convent School
  • Staffordshire University
  • Stockton Borough Council
  • Surrey County Council
  • Surrey Institute of Art and Design
  • Telford & Wrekin LEA
  • Torbay LEA
  • Tower Hamlets LEA
  • Trinity School
  • University of Salford
  • Wolverhampton LEA

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on recent changes in the senior management team at the Learning and Skills Council. [110879]

John Harwood is retiring after three successful years as chief executive of the LSC. He has been a key figure in building a new learning system which will support a prosperous economy and an inclusive society. He has performed an immense service to this country and leaves a considerable legacy behind him for which we are very grateful. John will continue to drive forward LSC business until a successor has been appointed, and the LSC will be advertising for this post shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to align the financial year of the Learning and Skills Council with (a) the standard financial year and (b) the academic year. [110069]

All public sector bodies have 31 March as their financial year end, and in the case of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), this is specified by statute. Public funding is allocated to the LSC by financial years, but it plans and funds the bulk of its provision on an academic year basis, as this best meets the needs of the key providers involved. There are no plans to re-align the LSC's financial year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of (a) the applicants to serve on the National Learning and Skills Council and (b) the successful applicants declared political activity for the Labour Party; [109427](2) what percentage of the membership of the National Learning and Skills Council has declared political activity for the

(a) Labour, (b) Conservative and (c) Liberal Democrat Party. [109428]

In the first and subsequent appointments rounds, there have been 969 applications for National Council positions. This included applications for the Chair, the Chief Executive and Council Member positions. 102 of these applicants have declared political activity (as defined by the Office for the Commissioner of Public Appointments—OCPA) for the Labour party. This represents 10 per cent. of the total applicants. Of these, 39 applicants declared that they have, or have had, experience as an elected councillor.There are up to 16 positions available on the Council at any one time (including Chair and Chief Executive). Because of turnover of Council Members, a total of 21 positions have been available since the outset, and of these, six have declared Labour Party activity.None declared political activity for either the Conservative or Liberal Democrat parties.

Appointments to the LSC are made through fair and open competition, in accordance with guidance issued by OCPA. Working with the LSC we have sought to attract applications from individuals with a wide range of appropriate experience, regardless of any declared political activity.