HL Deb 21 March 1984 vol 449 cc1357-8WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the new instruments of government for voluntary aided and controlled schools have been delayed for so long since the Education Act 1980; and when the new instruments are likely to become effective.

The Earl of Swinton

The Government have been clear from the outset that the reconstitution of all schools' governing bodies required under the 1980 Act would take some time to achieve. Substantial progress has been made on a voluntary basis, and it has now been announced that full implementation will be required from 1st September 1985.