School Governors

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st January 1989.

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Photo of Mrs Angela Rumbold Mrs Angela Rumbold , Mitcham and Morden 12:00 am, 31st January 1989

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have at times made our views very plain about the placing of political one-party governors on school boards. We deplore this activity in local authorities of whatever political control where it is blatant as the hon. Gentleman suggests. We would much prefer the system that has always prevailed, whereby authorities allocate ward-by-ward representation on governing bodies. Where there is a balance on the local authority of, say, Labour and Conservative, or SLD representatives the ward schools will have some representatives from those elected for those wards. I hope that that kind of best practice will continue.