HC Deb 31 July 1997 vol 299 c504W
Mrs. Browning

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will place in the Library before the summer adjournment a list of his Department's current consultation exercises initiated since 1 May. [11796]

Dr. Howells

Since 1 May, the Department for Education and Employment has carried out, and is presently undertaking, the following consultations:

Consultations exercises which have ended Introduction of a single school leaving date for 16-year-olds in 1998—ended 28 July National curriculum assessment and reporting arrangements—ended 18 July

Current consultation exercises Adult guidance Arrangements for publication of primary school performance tables by local education authorities in 1997 Design and Implementation Advisory Group—university for industry Draft amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 1995 Early years development plans for 1998–99: draft guidance for consultation Education (Assisted Places) Regulations: statutory consultation Employment-based routes into teaching First aid in schools Funding of in-service training for those involved in careers education and guidance Higher education Initial training and qualifications of careers advisers Investing in young people: the right to study New deal building partnerships New deal national design consultation—(three events) New deal regional conferences and events (28 in total) Preliminary study into public sector financial control training for training and enterprise councils Regulations to govern the approval of qualifications under section 37 (1) (b) of the Education Act 1997 School security: dealing with troublemakers Smaller infant classes Successful careers in the 21st Century"—policy document on the future of the careers service Teaching: high status, high standards—General Teaching Council TECs and welfare to work White Paper "Excellence in schools Youth service audit

The list includes both small and large-scale consultation exercises. In certain instances, the consultation is limited to a small number of key organisations and not to a scale normally associated with consultation exercises. The list does not include consultation exercises within the Department.

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