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New Clause 1 — No requirements of attendance at a place of religious worship

Part of Orders of the Day — Education Bill — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 6th February 2002.

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'(1) It shall not be required, as a condition of a pupil being admitted to a maintained school, that:

(a) he must attend or abstain from attending a place of religious worship;

(b) his parents or guardians must attend or abstain from attending a place of religious worship.

(c) the pupil, his parent(s) or guardian(s) belong to any particular faith or denomination.

(2) The local education authority after consultation with the admission forum may by regulation authorise that, notwithstanding (1) a maintained school may admit between 20 per cent. and 75 per cent. of pupils who have a particular faith or denomination.

(3) Where the local education authority is informed that there are insufficient applications to a particular maintained school to fill the available places, the local education authority may after consultation with the admission forum authorise an increase up to 100 per cent. in the numbers of pupils admitted who are of the particular faith or denomination of the maintained school in question.'.—[Mr. Dobson.]

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