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Academies

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he intends to publish the fourth report by PricewaterhouseCoopers into the academies programme. (156437)

The fourth PricewaterhouseCoopers report into the academies programme was published on the Department’s website on the 19 July this year and is available in the House Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is his policy that local authorities may be providers and sponsors of academies; and if he will make a statement. (158566)

Local authorities can be co-sponsors of academies. Under a co-sponsorship arrangement the lead sponsor retains majority control over the academy trust, and can appoint two local authority appointed governors to the governing body. Where the local authority is not a co-sponsor, the governing body would have only one local authority appointed governor.