HC Deb 06 November 1958 vol 594 cc1083-4
11. Mr. MacColl

asked the Minister of Education whether he will make a statement on the progress of his consultations with the representatives of local authorities and divisional executives on the delegation of education functions; whether he has yet prepared any model schemes of delegation; and when he intends to issue a memorandum of guidance in respect of Section 52 of the Local Government Act, 1958.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

After consulting the local authority associations, I have decided to issue a circular giving guidance on the preparation and operation of schemes of delegation. I hope it will be ready by the end of this month.

Mr. MacColl

Will the Minister make the circular available to hon. Members who want to see the degree of delegation which is proposed? Will he confirm that schemes have to be approved by the end of July next year and that it is urgent that information should be available for the local authorities?

Mr. Lloyd

Yes, Sir. Perhaps the most convenient arrangement would be for me to send the hon. Gentleman a copy, in view of his Question, and also to place copies in the Library.