§ Mr. Watts
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to consult on draft regulations under section 38 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
These are significant regulations on which it will be important to have the widest debate. The Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Select Committee is conducting an Inquiry into the Role of Governing Bodies, taking evidence from governing body, head teacher and other interests. As the440W Inquiry is expected to be completed before the summer recess, I have written to the Chairman of the Sub Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon, North (Mr. Wicks), to inform him that we plan to consult on the regulations in September 1999 to enable account to be taken of the Inquiry's recommendations. Copies of my letter have been placed in the Library.