§ Mr. Batiste
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what procedures exist in his Department for monitoring the competence and efficiency of the Leeds local education authority.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
My right hon. Friend is empowered under the Education Act 1944 to intervene if he has reason to believe, as a result of a complaint or otherwise, that a local education authority may have failed to discharge a statutory duty or may have acted unreasonably in using a statutory power or discharging a duty. Her Majesty's inspectorate also monitor the work in local education authorities' schools and colleges.