§ 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. 
§ 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 endedIntroduction of a single school leaving date for 16-year-olds in 1998—ended 28 JulyNational curriculum assessment and reporting arrangements—ended 18 July
Current consultation exercisesAdult guidanceArrangements for publication of primary school performance tables by local education authorities in 1997Design and Implementation Advisory Group—university for industryDraft amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 1995Early years development plans for 1998–99: draft guidance for consultationEducation (Assisted Places) Regulations: statutory consultationEmployment-based routes into teachingFirst aid in schoolsFunding of in-service training for those involved in careers education and guidanceHigher educationInitial training and qualifications of careers advisersInvesting in young people: the right to studyNew deal building partnershipsNew 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 councilsRegulations to govern the approval of qualifications under section 37 (1) (b) of the Education Act 1997School security: dealing with troublemakersSmaller infant classesSuccessful careers in the 21st Century"—policy document on the future of the careers serviceTeaching: high status, high standards—General Teaching CouncilTECs and welfare to workWhite Paper "Excellence in schoolsYouth 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.