HC Deb 19 March 1997 vol 292 c606W
Mr. Kilfoyle

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what representations she has received concerning the case of Marie Younie and the governing body of Belfairs community college in Leigh; and if she will make a statement concerning the conduct of the governing body and the Funding Agency for Schools in relation to their treatment of Ms Younie and the legal costs involved in her case. [20633]

Mrs. Gillan

My right hon. Friend has received many representations in support of both the governing body and Ms Younie since the breakdown in their relations. It is not possible to guarantee good working relations in any occupation and it is particularly unfortunate when this happens in schools. Nevertheless, this is an internal school matter. It is for the governing body to determine what action is deemed appropriate, but the Funding Agency for Schools is responsible for ensuring propriety in the use of public funds by grant-maintained schools.