§ 14. Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the position of co-opted members of local authorities' education committees.
§ Mr. Atkinson
I recognise the constructive contribution that the co-opted representatives of the teaching profession make to education authorities. Is my hon. Friend aware of the growing concern at their right to vote without accountability to their electorate, particularly in those hung authorities where they hold the balance of power? Will he draw these matters to the attention of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State as soon as possible?
§ Mr. Dunn
Any abuse of any system will inevitably bring that system into disrepute. Those who are overstepping their terms of reference should contemplate further their action because, without doubt, they are bringing the system into disrepute. I shall draw the attention of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to my hon. Friend's question.