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Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many statutory instruments have been laid before the House by his Department in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) was established on 28 June 2007. Its predecessors were the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) from 5 July 1995 to 10 June 2001 and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) from 11 June 2001 to 27 June 2007.

All statutory instruments are 'made' (signed) by Ministers or senior officials. Not all statutory instruments are required to be 'laid' before the House of Commons and House of Lords.

The records for the Department for Children, Schools and Families and its predecessors show only the numbers of statutory instruments made and not the numbers laid. The number of statutory instruments made each year since 1997 were as follows:

DfEE DfES DCSF
1997 70
1998 144
1999 231
2000 164
2001 91 100
2002 168
2003 142
2004 124
2005 150
2006 127
2007 113 44
2008 132

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