§ Mrs. Gorman
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding her Department has provided to the National Governors Council; what conditions have been attached to such funding; and what requirement there is that its affiliated members accept into membership governors of(a) local authority schools, (b) grant-maintained schools, (c) city technology colleges and (d) independent schools.
§ Mr. Robin Squire
The Department has made available grant of up to £31,000 towards the cost of drawing up the council's proposed constitution, and organising and running a one-day conference to launch the council on 29 October.
One of the council's aims is to be an independent forum for all associations of governing bodies in England and Wales, but there is no requirement for local associations to include specific categories of schools within their membership.