§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the outcome of the recent meeting between representatives of local education authorities and officials of his Department about proposed legislation on midday supervision.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
The meeting formed part of the Department's consultation with the local authority associations on the proposal to addsecuring the supervision of pupils in schools at middayto the schedule of purposes specified in the Education Support Grants Regulations as those for which education support grants may be paid. Draft regulations incorporating this amendment have now been laid before the House as the Education Support Grant Regulations (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1985. As a result of the meeting, a draft addendum to circular 5/85 was issued to the local authority associations on 27 November seeking their further comments. Copies of the draft addendum are available in the Library.