§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, where employees take off time for duties as school governors under the terms of the Employment Protection Consolidation Act 1978, he will require employers or local education authorities to remunerate governors in lieu of moneys deducted from their salary.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
School governors are entitled to reasonable time off from their employment to fulfil public duties. We welcome the fact that many employers arrange time off with pay for governors, but we believe that this is a matter best resolved between employer and employee.
Under section 58 of the Education (No. 2) Act 1986, a local education authority may, in accordance with the provision of a scheme made by it, pay travelling and subsistence allowances to governors.