HC Deb 08 June 1995 vol 261 cc290-1W
Mr. Blunkett

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the circulars, orders or regulations which have not been published or made by the due date; what was the due date in each case; and when was the date of publication or making of the order or regulation. [27184]

Mr. Boswell

It is not the general practice of the Department to indicate in advance a due date for the making of an order or regulation or the publication of a circular although, in some cases, a broad indication may be given as to when a the order or regulation might be expected to be made or when a circular might be expected to be published. A consultation draft of an order or regulation may contain a commencement date but this, like other parts of the draft, is subject to change.

Exceptionally, in the context of the Education Act 1993, the Department for education published a "timetable of DFE publications" which included dates for the coming into effect of the legislation and publication dates for relevant circulars. In relation to published circulars the cases where the timetabled date differed from the publication date are as follows:

Subject Timetabled date Publication
GM Schools Acquisition, Transfer and Governance November 1993 December 1993
Incorporation of governing bodies and dual use November 1993 December 1993
Local Management of Schools November 1993 December 1993
GM School: supply of school places etc. March 1994 November 1994
Behaviour and discipline April 1994 May 1994
Sex education April 1994 May 1994
Emotional and behavioural difficulties April 1994 May 1994
Time limiting on exclusions procedures April 1994 May 1994
Exclusions April 1994 May 1994
Exclusions: money following the child April 1994 July 1994
Pupil Referral Units April 1994 May 1994
Sick children April 1994 May 1994
Children looked after by LEAs April 1994 May 1994