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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th October 2016.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:00 am, 12th October 2016

I thank my hon. Friend for the example she has given of the work that is taking place in her constituency. The whole aim of the Government’s education policy is to increase the number of good school places, so parents can have the confidence that their child will have a good school place and they will have the school place that is right for them. That is why we want to see universities more involved in schools, more faith schools being opened up and the independent sector helping the state sector where that is sensible and its expertise can help. And yes, we do want to lift the ban that currently says that one type of good new school cannot be opened. It is illegal to open a new good school that is a selective school. We want to remove that ban so that pupils of all abilities get the opportunity.