§ Mr. Boateng
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment on what authority the Treasury Counsel in the case of Emma Van de Veldev. Special Needs Tribunal—case number C01670/95—are seeking to establish that children should no longer be allowed to be parties to legal actions brought on their behalf against the decisions of local education authorities. 
§ Mr. Forth
Appeals against decisions of the special educational needs tribunal are governed by the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992. That Act requires that the only persons who can appeal against a decision of the tribunal are the parties before the tribunal. The Education Act 1993, and the Special Educational Needs Tribunal Regulations 1994, make it clear that the parties before the tribunal are the parent and the local education authority.