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Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 199379, tabled on 5 June 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government's proposed Deregulation Bill on tourism employment in England.

Answered on

10 June 2014

At present, local authorities set term and holiday dates for about 30% of secondary schools and 70% of primary schools (around half of all registered pupils). The Deregulation Bill gives more schools the flexibility to make changes should they wish to, although the experience of the academies programme and voluntary aided (church) schools, suggests that only a small percentage of schools are likely to vary their term dates.

The Department for Education has produced an assessment of the impact of the changes. Whilst there will be greater flexibility, we expect that sensible conversations between the local authority and schools on coordination will take place. Variations to term dates could also help businesses and employers, for example, in areas of high-seasonal employment where employees may welcome the chance to holiday outside of peak tourist periods. For example, Bishop Bronescombe School in St Austell has a two-week half term in May/June to accommodate parents' seasonal employment patterns.

A separate assessment of the specific impact on tourism related jobs in seaside towns or seaside economies has not been carried out.

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