§ Mr. Howe
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) to what extent local education authorities have publicised and made available to inquirers the names of governors and managers of county schools; and whether he will take steps to ensure that such information is publicised and readily available;
(2) how many local education authorities have made express provision, in exercising their powers under Section 17–20 of the Education Act, 1944, for securing sufficient representation in the management or government of county schools of the parents of children attending such schools, of members of the staff 264W of such schools, of people who are not themselves elected members of local authorities and of people employed by employers other than public or publicly-owned authorities;
(3) if he is satisfied that the powers of local education authorities and minor authorities under Sections 17–20 of the Education Act, 1944, are so exercised as to ensure that the governors and managers of county schools are sufficiently representative of people under the age of 45 years, of people who are not elected members of a local authority, of people employed by employers other than public or publicly-owned authorities, of teachers and of parents of children attending the schools in question; whether he will invite the Central Advisory Council on Education or some other committee or research organisation to inquire into the representative quality of the present system of government and management of county schools; and whether he will issue a circular or introduce legislation with a view to improving its representative quality.
§ Mr. Crosland
Instruments of management or government for county schools do not require my approval. The constitution of the body and the arrangements for publicising the names of the members are matters for the local education authority to consider. I am grant aiding a study of the functions of bodies concerned with the administration of schools which has been undertaken by the University of London Institute of Education. I propose to await the results of this research before considering whether local education authorities need further guidance on the subject.