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It's in the post - every day

English local authorities have received a document a day from central government since Labour took office.

The number of parcels sent to each LEA peaked in 1999 at more than 11 a week. So far this year ministers have sent out a total of 60 consultation documents, letters, guidance, egulations and requests for data. This works out at around four a week.

However, Jacqui Smith, education junior minister, said that "very few" of these items were sent to schools. She was responding to a question from Phil Willis, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson.

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