Children, Schools and Families Bill

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 6:08 pm on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Conservative, Beverley and Holderness 6:08 pm, 11th January 2010

The primacy of the interests of the child are not enshrined in the Bill, and I do not see how the Children Act 1989 could trump that. The Bill says that if a parent has failed to register their child, the quality of the education provided to that child in the home is to be disregarded-the interests of the child are to be disregarded-and the child must be ordered back to school. I hope that the right hon. Lady will support me in seeking Government changes in that respect.

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