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Schools: Academies — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 3rd March 2015.

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Photo of The Bishop of Norwich The Bishop of Norwich Bishop 2:45 pm, 3rd March 2015

My Lords, some academies and other schools have secured private funding which they ring-fence to finance a chaplain, international links or some other good purpose. For the avoidance of doubt, will the Minister give an assurance that such funds are not to be treated as free reserves? Further, will he encourage academies to secure such funding?