§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what guidance he has issued to local education authorities on good practice in providing time off for officers of teaching unions. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
No such guidance has been issued to local education authorities. The statutory entitlement to reasonable time off for employee representatives to perform their functions as such representatives is a general entitlement and it is for individual employers to decide their practice in meeting their legal obligations.