HC Deb 07 July 1987 vol 119 cc105-6W
24. Mr. Hind

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many schools have yet to form parent bodies under the Education Act 1986.

Mr. Dunn

The Education (No. 2) Act 1986 lays down new provisions concerning the composition of school governing bodies, including increased representation of parents. These provisions will come into effect for new schools from 1 September 1987. For existing schools, the implementation is being phased so that county and maintained special schools are required to have governing bodies constitued in accordance with the new provisions by 1 September 1988 and voluntary schools by 1 September 1989. Although Local Education Authorities are free to adopt the new provisions in advance of the mandatory implementation dates, there is no centrally held information as to how many have done so.