§ 27. Mr. David Heath
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what his assessment is of the effect of the single status agreement on classroom assistants. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
The Government take the view that schools and Local Education Authorities are best placed to decide on matters concerning the pay and conditions of local authority staff. The new Single Status Agreement was agreed nationally by local authority employers and staff unions under the auspices of the Local Government Management Board, but its implementation is being determined at local level.