Education Reform

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th March 1988.

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Photo of Tim Yeo Tim Yeo , South Suffolk 12:00 am, 15th March 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received regarding the impact of the Education Reform Bill upon Catholic schools.

Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford

A substantial proportion of the correspondence which my right hon. Friend has received about the Education Reform Bill has mentioned the possible impact of the Bill upon Catholic schools.

Photo of Tim Yeo Tim Yeo , South Suffolk

Can my hon. Friend clarify the position on open enrolment in Catholic schools, about which some concern has been expressed?

Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford

I am happy to do just that. The Education Act 1980 relieved the governors of a voluntary aided school from the requirement to admit pupils whose parents wanted them to attend the school, if such admissions would run counter to agreed arrangements designed to safeguard the school's denominational character. The Education Reform Bill does not change that position.