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3 July 2007 : Column WA176

Northern Ireland Office: Press Contact Staff

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: There are 12 press contact staff working for the Northern Ireland Office, consisting of a director of communications, a deputy director of communications, two principal information officers, four senior information officers and four information officers. These members of staff are located in Belfast.

Schools: Governing Bodies

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Lord Adonis): The School Governance (Parent Council) (England) Regulations 2007 apply only to majority governance trust schools because in these schools there is a reduction in the number of elected parent governors. It is for the governing bodies of the schools concerned to decide if they wish to have such a trust. All other maintained schools are free to establish a parent council in any way that they choose, or not to do so, if they so wish. Generally, schools have systems in place to consult parents but a parent council provides an additional route for parents to put forward their views. We do not believe that the regulations will result in a greater workload for schools' governing bodies.

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